Episode 361 – Abe, Part 1

This week, we’re starting our retrospective on the career of Japan’s former Prime Minister, Abe Shinzo. We begin with a look at his family history and his career through one of the most tumultuous eras of Japan’s modern politics — the 1990s.


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.

Reed, Steven R., Ethan Scheiner and Michael F. Thies. “The End of LDP Dominance and the Rise of Party-Oriented Politics in Japan.’ Journal of Japanese Studies 38, No 2. (Summer, 2012).

Christensen, Ray. Ending the LDP Hegemony: Party Cooperation in Japan.


Abe Shinzo after winning his first election in 1993. From the LDP’s website.
Abe Shinzo as a young child. From the LDP’s website.
Abe Shinzo (center) on the lap of his maternal grandfather Kishi Nobusuke.
Abe campaigning for his first election in 1993 in Yamaguchi’s 1st District (now its 4th district thanks to the 1994 reforms).