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Shinzo Abe’s greatest achievement may turn out to be Fumio Kishida
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Shinzo Abe’s greatest achievement may turn out to be Fumio Kishida

Tobias Harris discusses how Shinzo Abe transformed Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party into a more ideologically cohesive conservative party.

Twelve years after leaving 10 Downing Street, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was asked at a dinner what she thought her greatest achievement was. “Tony Blair and New Labour,” she reportedly answered. “We forced our opponents to change their minds.”

As Shinzo Abe is laid to rest, and Fumio Kishida, fresh from an upper house election victory, prepares to resume governing without the former prime minister present in Liberal Democratic Party deliberations, one wonders whether Kishida may one day look like Abe’s greatest achievement.

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Tobias Harris

Former Senior Fellow


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