This week, we chronicle Abe Shinzo’s meteoric rise up the ranks of the LDP and the Koizumi cabinet, culminating in his first tenure as Prime Minister — followed by his equally meteoric ascent back down the ranks, as his first attempt at governance will blow up in his face.
Harris, Tobias. The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan.
Reed, Steven R. The Evolution of Japan’s Party System: Politics and Policy in an Era of Institutional Change.
A fascinating NYT article (particularly in retrospect) covering Abe’s 2007 resignation.