This week: how did Abe Shinzo get back into the PM’s office, why did he not fall flat on his face once again once he did, and what are some of the distinguishing features of his policies? We’re covering everything from LDP internal elections to macroeconomic policy to social conservatism, so buckle up — this is gonna be a fun one.
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Koide, Reiko. “Critical New Stage in Japan’s Textbook Controversy.” The Asia Pacific Journal 12, No 1 (March, 2014).
1 thought on “Episode 363 – Abe, Part 3”
I thought you were going to talk about the textbook controversy about “advancing into China.”
I don’t think the idea of questioning one’s state of mind re: womenomnics is helpful. We know that Abe isn’t a feminist and hasn’t actually made any actions that truly help women, but the ends justify the means. The fact that he even brought it up and started trying to promote it at all is helpful, whether it’s to improve the economy or not. If the argument that gender equality helps the economy works for a conservative perspective, then fine, as long as we get to the same goal.
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