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The Postwar Japan That Shinzo Abe Built

Following the assassination of Shinzo Abe, Tobias Harris writes on the life and career of the former Japanese prime minister.

In January 2007, only a few months after he was elected, at 52, as Japan’s youngest prime minister of the postwar era, Shinzo Abe delivered a speech outlining his policy priorities after the opening ceremony of the 166th session of Japan’s Diet, the country’s parliamentary body.

Most of the speech was a mundane laundry list of proposals, but one line proved especially revealing about the character of the man. “My mission is none other than to draw a new vision of a nation that can withstand the raging waves for the next 50 to 100 years,” Mr. Abe said.

The above excerpt was originally published in The New York Times. Click here to view the full article.

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Tobias Harris

Former Senior Fellow

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