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Saved Stories – None: The National Interest: Looking Back at Shinzo Abe’s Mixed Legacy

Rintaro Nishimura

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Abe was a unique, strong leader who lasted a long time and brought stability but controversy to Japan’s politics.

It was probably not the way he imagined it would go down.

On August 28, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced he would step down due to health reasons. This came as a shock to many, considering it was just days after he broke the record for the longest uninterrupted tenure as the nation’s leader. 

However, the coronavirus had ravaged the economy and cabinet approval ratings were tanking. If ever there was a time to resign, this was it. 

A Perplexing Legacy

Abe was destined for political stardom, coming from a political family—his maternal grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, was prime minister in the 1950s and his father, Shintaro Abe, was foreign minister in the 1980s. The most recent and influential member of that dynasty leaves behind a heap of unfinished business and a mixed legacy.

Most recently, Abe’s government faced criticism for its delayed pandemic response, limited testing, and generally citizen-dependent approach. People took to social media to show their disapproval of Abe’s actions. They pointed to his tone-deaf Twitter video promoting social distancing, as it seemingly mocked those facing financial hardship. 

His persistence with the giveaway of washable gauze “Abenomasks” fueled the fire, since people wanted non-woven surgical masks instead. At one point, Abe was lambasted for enacting a bill to raise the legal retirement age for Tokyo’s top prosecutor, all to promote the pro-government attorney general in office. 

It wasn’t the first time Abe or his cabinet faced allegations of misconduct. In 2017, opposition lawmakers and some media sources accused Abe and government officials of favoritism toward educational institutions linked to him and his wife. The heart of the matter remains unaddressed, since the government covered up and denied the accusations.

In 2019, Abe’s opposition accused him of violating election law at the annual cherry blossom viewing party by spending public funds to reward constituents who voted for him. The party itself came under scrutiny after further allegations that members of organized crime syndicates attended alongside the traditional distinguished guests. Government officials destroyed the guest list before opposition parties could request it for investigation. 

Voters will also remember Abe’s reputation for weak oversight over party members. There were two ministerial scandals over violations of election law in 2019, along with the arrest of a fellow Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) politician for accepting bribes from a Chinese company. 

Abe’s murky ethical record is not the only thing that deserves criticism. Abe failed to achieve his and his party’s most significant policy goal—revising Article 9 of the Constitution, which bans the maintenance of military forces. He wanted the article to clarify the Self-Defense Forces as a legitimate militia, but could only reinterpret it to allow the SDF to aid allies under threat. Ultimately, low public approval, debate among political parties regarding the exact nature of the revision process, and the inability to reach a supermajority in both houses stymied the process. 

The prime minister also failed to resolve territorial issues with China, Russia, and South Korea. Abe oversaw a period of improved relations with China, only to see the Senkaku Islands dispute exacerbated during the pandemic. Furthermore, he could not compel Russia (which recently banned territorial concessions under its revised constitution) to return the Northern Territories or South Korea to revoke its claim over the Dokdo Islands. Japan faces other outstanding disputes with South Korea from the wartime labor issue to the World Trade Organization dispute over Tokyo’s export restrictions. 

Japan has faced increasing security threats during Abe’s tenure as well. In the 1970s and 1980s, Pyongyang kidnapped Japanese citizens; with at least seven still being held against their will, people have questioned Abe’s negotiation tactics. Furthermore, Japan faces missile threats from China and North Korea, despite Abe’s moves to improve diplomatic relations. While one can debate whether any other leader could have performed better, the lackluster progress in these areas will remain a key part of Abe’s legacy. 

On the other hand, the Abe years saw a bolstering of security through increased defense spending and expanded regional cooperation to guarantee a liberal world order. His administration introduced The Free and Open Indo-Pacific strategy in 2016, which advocates for a rule-based international order that promotes peace and stability, freedom of navigation, free trade, and economic prosperity. Under that strategy, Japan reached out to Association of Southeast Asian Nations countries, Australia, and India to reinforce regional cooperation. In particular, it pushed to include India in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership deal to reinforce cooperation among like-minded nations and subtly counter China’s increasingly concerning military buildup in the region.

Economically, Abe revived a nation hit by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, keeping GDP growing since 2012. Abenomics—a comprehensive policy package to revive the Japanese economy—surged corporate profits, improved the labor market, and led the Nikkei Stock Average to more than double in value. Since then, the economy has remained stable, yet remarkably stagnant.

Japan also led the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership that many thought would lose momentum after President Trump withdrew the United States from it. Abe signed the European Union-Japan trade deal, which covers 635 million people and nearly a third of world GDP. While Japan’s relationship with the United States remains complicated—especially as Trump demands more cost-sharing for U.S. military support—the two countries increased cooperation on defense and trade during Abe’s tenure, strengthening overall relations.

Domestically, Abe boasted a strong election record and masterfully organized in-party factions. Abe ran the party for nine years (2006-2007 and 2012-present) and won six consecutive national elections. He prevented dissent by allocating top cabinet positions to each faction, keeping many on board. This contributed greatly to Abe becoming the longest-serving prime minister and maintaining a consistent approval rating. 

Conversely, one can argue that luck resulted in his success more than political skill. Abe returned to power in 2012 against the backdrop of a poor stint by the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), an old form of the current main opposition. Since then, polls have consistently shown that people prefer the LDP because they are haunted by the memory of the DPJ’s failure and believe there are no other viable options. Moreover, Abe’s campaigns benefited immensely from a strong base and opposition currently polling in single digits.

What Now?

Abe will remain prime minister until a new leader is elected; he’ll also continue working as a member of the House of Representatives. He can work behind the scenes to advise future leaders on pursuing some of his goals—most notably revising Article 9. 

Abe’s resignation pushed up the battle to determine his successor by a year. This fight is bound to get heated quickly considering next month’s cabinet reshuffle and the emergency in-party election to determine the next leader. If Shigeru Ishiba, a critic of Abe, becomes the next leader, Abe’s influence and legacy will wane. 

While the public will remember him for scandals and mishaps, we should give the man credit where it’s due. Too many people criticize him without examining his success. He may not have won over hearts with outstanding policy achievements, but he bolstered security and promoted Japanese leadership in the world. 

One can only imagine how stressful it is to pragmatically balance ideological pressures from conservative factions for nearly eight years. Just ask Abe, who was recently heard mumbling, “I’m already tired.” All things considered, he stabilized a country that faced many challenges at home and abroad. Hopefully, his resignation refreshes politics, something desperately needed for a party led by seasoned elders.

Prime Minister Abe, I thank you for your service, and hope you focus on nursing yourself back to health.

Rintaro Nishimura is a former Korean Studies Research Assistant at the Center for the National Interest. He has written pieces for The National Interest, The Diplomat, and The Japan Times. He is currently a 4th year undergraduate student at Northeastern University writing foreign policy pieces for the NU Political Review, an undergraduate student-run publication. This piece was originally published on the NU Political Review website.

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Former DNI Dan Coats thinks Putin has Trump blackmail: Woodward book


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  • Dan Coats, the US’s former top intelligence official, thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin may have blackmail on US President Donald Trump, the veteran journalist Bob Woodward’s upcoming book says.
  • According to CNN, which obtained an early copy of the book, Woodward wrote that Coats “continued to harbor the secret belief, one that had grown rather than lessened, although unsupported by intelligence proof, that Putin had something on Trump.”
  • “How else to explain the president’s behavior?” Woodward wrote. “Coats could see no other explanation.”
  • He “saw how extraordinary it was for the president’s top intelligence official to harbor such deep suspicions about the president’s relationship with Putin,” Woodward wrote. “But he could not shake them.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Dan Coats, the former top intelligence official under President Donald Trump, harbored a “secret belief” that Russian President Vladimir Putin had kompromat on Trump, the veteran journalist Bob Woodward wrote in his book “Rage.”

The book is set to be released next Tuesday, but CNN obtained an early copy and published excerpts this week.

Coats was the director of national intelligence from January 2017 to July 2019. In his book, Woodward wrote that Coats “continued to harbor the secret belief, one that had grown rather than lessened, although unsupported by intelligence proof, that Putin had something on Trump.”

“How else to explain the president’s behavior?” Woodward wrote, according to CNN. “Coats could see no other explanation.”

Coats and senior staffers in his office “examined the intelligence as carefully as possible,” Woodward wrote. But Coats was still uneasy about Trump and Putin’s relationship.

He “saw how extraordinary it was for the president’s top intelligence official to harbor such deep suspicions about the president’s relationship with Putin,” Woodward wrote. “But he could not shake them.”

“Rage” is Woodward’s second book about the Trump administration; he also wrote the 2018 bestseller “Fear: Trump in the White House.” The president has railed against “Rage,” calling it fake news and saying Woodward didn’t conduct any interviews with him ahead of the book’s release.

For his second book about the administration, Woodward did 18 extensive interviews with the president from December 5 to July 21, according to CNN. Woodward recorded the interviews with Trump’s permission, and CNN obtained copies of some of the tapes.

Still, Trump said in a tweet last month that the book was “a FAKE, as always, just as many of the others have been.”

Coats — a former Republican senator from Indiana — and other senior national security officials, like former Defense Secretary James Mattis, discussed whether they needed to take “collective action” to speak out against Trump, Woodward wrote, according to CNN. Mattis resigned in late 2018 after Trump decided to pull US troops out of Syria, telling Woodward he decided to leave “when I was basically directed to do something that I thought went beyond stupid to felony stupid.”

The US intelligence community determined in early 2017 that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to propel Trump to the Oval Office. Coats and other intelligence officials testified to Congress last year that Russia was one of the biggest national security threats facing the US ahead of the 2020 election and that it would continue employing the tactics it used in 2016 and during the 2018 midterm elections.

The intelligence community also said last month that both Russia and China were attempting to interfere in this year’s election and that Russia wanted Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee, to lose, while China wanted him to win.

“We assess that Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia ‘establishment,'” William Evanina, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said in a statement. “This is consistent with Moscow’s public criticism of him when he was Vice President for his role in the Obama Administration’s policies on Ukraine and its support for the anti-Putin opposition inside Russia.”

Trump, meanwhile, has consistently refused to explicitly condemn Russia for its actions. His 2016 campaign derided the CIA after it concluded that year that Russia meddled in the election to help Trump. He also repeatedly criticized and attempted to thwart the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference, describing it as a “hoax” designed to undermine his presidency, even as several high profile figures in his inner circle pleaded guilty to or were convicted of crimes stemming from the probe.

In 2018, during a joint press conference with Putin following a bilateral summit in Helsinki, Trump publicly sided with the Russian leader over the US intelligence community, saying, “I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia that meddled in the 2016 election.

The president later walked back his comments after facing swift public backlash. John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, told Insider in an interview last month that the president’s comments during the Helsinki summit were the most shocking and disappointing he’d heard throughout his tenure.

“I was sitting in the audience with Chief of Staff John Kelly, and we were both frozen to our chairs,” Bolton told Business Insider. “We couldn’t believe what we had heard. And we spent a good part of the flight on Air Force One back to Washington trying to explain to the president why he was getting such a negative reaction from the press back in Washington. The president didn’t seem to understand that people might be upset that he equated what Putin said with what our intelligence community said.”

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Saved Stories – None: Former DNI Dan Coats thinks Putin has Trump blackmail: Woodward book

  • Dan Coats, the US’s former top intelligence official, thinks Russian President Vladimir Putin may have blackmail on US President Donald Trump, the veteran journalist Bob Woodward’s upcoming book says.
  • According to CNN, which obtained an early copy of the book, Woodward wrote that Coats “continued to harbor the secret belief, one that had grown rather than lessened, although unsupported by intelligence proof, that Putin had something on Trump.”
  • “How else to explain the president’s behavior?” Woodward wrote. “Coats could see no other explanation.”
  • He “saw how extraordinary it was for the president’s top intelligence official to harbor such deep suspicions about the president’s relationship with Putin,” Woodward wrote. “But he could not shake them.”
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Dan Coats, the former top intelligence official under President Donald Trump, harbored a “secret belief” that Russian President Vladimir Putin had kompromat on Trump, the veteran journalist Bob Woodward wrote in his book “Rage.”

The book is set to be released next Tuesday, but CNN obtained an early copy and published excerpts this week.

Coats was the director of national intelligence from January 2017 to July 2019. In his book, Woodward wrote that Coats “continued to harbor the secret belief, one that had grown rather than lessened, although unsupported by intelligence proof, that Putin had something on Trump.”

“How else to explain the president’s behavior?” Woodward wrote, according to CNN. “Coats could see no other explanation.”

Coats and senior staffers in his office “examined the intelligence as carefully as possible,” Woodward wrote. But Coats was still uneasy about Trump and Putin’s relationship.

He “saw how extraordinary it was for the president’s top intelligence official to harbor such deep suspicions about the president’s relationship with Putin,” Woodward wrote. “But he could not shake them.”

“Rage” is Woodward’s second book about the Trump administration; he also wrote the 2018 bestseller “Fear: Trump in the White House.” The president has railed against “Rage,” calling it fake news and saying Woodward didn’t conduct any interviews with him ahead of the book’s release.

For his second book about the administration, Woodward did 18 extensive interviews with the president from December 5 to July 21, according to CNN. Woodward recorded the interviews with Trump’s permission, and CNN obtained copies of some of the tapes.

Still, Trump said in a tweet last month that the book was “a FAKE, as always, just as many of the others have been.”

Coats — a former Republican senator from Indiana — and other senior national security officials, like former Defense Secretary James Mattis, discussed whether they needed to take “collective action” to speak out against Trump, Woodward wrote, according to CNN. Mattis resigned in late 2018 after Trump decided to pull US troops out of Syria, telling Woodward he decided to leave “when I was basically directed to do something that I thought went beyond stupid to felony stupid.”

The US intelligence community determined in early 2017 that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to propel Trump to the Oval Office. Coats and other intelligence officials testified to Congress last year that Russia was one of the biggest national security threats facing the US ahead of the 2020 election and that it would continue employing the tactics it used in 2016 and during the 2018 midterm elections.

The intelligence community also said last month that both Russia and China were attempting to interfere in this year’s election and that Russia wanted Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee, to lose, while China wanted him to win.

“We assess that Russia is using a range of measures to primarily denigrate former Vice President Biden and what it sees as an anti-Russia ‘establishment,'” William Evanina, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said in a statement. “This is consistent with Moscow’s public criticism of him when he was Vice President for his role in the Obama Administration’s policies on Ukraine and its support for the anti-Putin opposition inside Russia.”

Trump, meanwhile, has consistently refused to explicitly condemn Russia for its actions. His 2016 campaign derided the CIA after it concluded that year that Russia meddled in the election to help Trump. He also repeatedly criticized and attempted to thwart the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference, describing it as a “hoax” designed to undermine his presidency, even as several high profile figures in his inner circle pleaded guilty to or were convicted of crimes stemming from the probe.

In 2018, during a joint press conference with Putin following a bilateral summit in Helsinki, Trump publicly sided with the Russian leader over the US intelligence community, saying, “I don’t see any reason why it would be” Russia that meddled in the 2016 election.

The president later walked back his comments after facing swift public backlash. John Bolton, Trump’s former national security adviser, told Insider in an interview last month that the president’s comments during the Helsinki summit were the most shocking and disappointing he’d heard throughout his tenure.

“I was sitting in the audience with Chief of Staff John Kelly, and we were both frozen to our chairs,” Bolton told Business Insider. “We couldn’t believe what we had heard. And we spent a good part of the flight on Air Force One back to Washington trying to explain to the president why he was getting such a negative reaction from the press back in Washington. The president didn’t seem to understand that people might be upset that he equated what Putin said with what our intelligence community said.”

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