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Japan Is Back

A Conversation With Shinzo Abe

Author: Jonathan Tepperman, Managing Editor, Foreign Affairs
July/August 2013
Foreign Affairs


After serving a brief, undistinguished term as Japan's prime minister in 2006–7, Shinzo Abe seemed destined for the political sidelines. Then, last December, he surged back into the limelight, retaking office in a landslide victory. The return to power of his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) -- which has run Japan for 54 of the last 58 years, including most of the last two "lost decades" -- initially worried investors and pundits.

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