Episode 364 – Abe, Part 4

This week, we outline what Abe’s vision to “restore beautiful Japan” meant during his second go-round in office, why he was able to stay in office so long, and what eventually brought him down (hint: it has a lot to do with the fact that many of you are much less likely to be listening to this while commuting than you used to be).


Harris, Tobias. The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan.

Kyle Ferrier’s fantastic article in The Diplomat on Abe and South Korea.

Abe Shinzo’s speech from August, 2015 on the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II.

A Japan Times article by Philip Brasor outlining the Kake Gakuen scandal.

A New York Times op-ed by Dr. Nakano Koichi on Abe’s many scandals during his time in office. Though this is an op-ed and thus by definition not a neutral source, I think it covers the different scandals in a single package quite well.


The founding of the CDP being announced during a press conference in September, 2020. How successful the CDP will be will be seen in the general elections next year.
Abe visiting Yasukuni in 2013, the only time he did so while acting as Prime Minister.
Abe’s resignation speech on August 28, 2020.
The results of the 2017 general election. The green represents the LDP seats.
Suga Yoshihide’s new cabinet. Suga himself is front and center.


4 thoughts on “Episode 364 – Abe, Part 4”

  1. It looks like they’re going to recall Abe after some Tanaka Kakuei-esque shenanigans were revealed in the LDP (again). Looks like Suga can’t ban hanko and fax machines just yet.

  2. This page is missing the audio player. It should be right before “Sources”. I can read your notes, but I can’t listen to the podcast.

    1. Apologies; should now be fixed. You can also find released episodes on the Libsyn audio feed (linked on the home page) for future reference.

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