"The Centre for the Study of Global Japan will be joined by Adam Liff, Director of the 21st Century Japan Politics & Society Initiative at Indiana University’s Hamilton Lugar School, and invite Tobias S. Harris to introduce his new book, ‘The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan.’
Shinzō Abe entered politics burdened by high expectations: that he would change Japan. In 2007, seemingly overwhelmed, he resigned after only a year as prime minister. Yet, following five years of reinvention, he masterfully regained the premiership in 2012, and for almost eight years dominated Japanese democracy as no leader has done before.
Abe inspired fierce loyalty among his followers, sidelining rivals with his ambitious economic programme and support for the security and armed forces. He staked a leadership role for Japan in a region being rapidly transformed by the rise of China and India, while carefully preserving an ironclad relationship with Trump’s America.
The Iconoclast tells the story of Abe’s meteoric rise and stunning fall, his remarkable comeback, and his unlikely emergence as a global statesman laying the groundwork for Japan’s survival in a turbulent century.”
Indiana University’s Hamilton Lugar School
• Tobias Harris, Teneo Intelligence
• Phillip Y. Lipscy, Director, Centre for the Study of Global Japan, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, University of Toronto
• Adam P. Liff, Director, 21st Century Japan Politics & Society Initiative (21JPSI), Indiana University Hamilton Lugar School of Global & International Studies