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The future of Japan after Mr. Abe resigns (Part 1)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s replacement will face many difficulties when both domestic and international situations appear unpredictable.

In a press conference on August 28, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe officially announced his resignation due to deteriorating health. Specifically, he said he had been diagnosed with chronic ulcerative colitis and a number of other diseases, so he did not want his condition to lead to the mistake of making important decisions, according to Reuters news agency.

In the face of the leader’s sudden resignation, the two most notable issues are how Japan will look in the absence of Abe and whether his successors will keep his legacy.

The epidemic has not shown signs of improvement here, with the number of new cases continuing to hit the triple-digit mark each day and will likely delay the 32nd Olympic Games held by moving to summer 2021.

The Japanese economy also recently received some negative developments when the statistics of the Ministry of Finance showed that GDP in the second quarter of 2020 decreased by 27.8%, nearly double the decrease in the financial crisis in 2008, despite the Abe administration repeatedly launched stimulus packages and loosening monetary policy. His support for the leader is down to about 30%, according to an August NHK survey where more than 55% of the participants were disappointed with his management.

Regarding foreign affairs, tensions between Japan and China over sovereignty disputes in the East China Sea in particular and Beijing’s growing influence continue to escalate, set in the context of the greater US confrontation. East Asia around Japan in recent years has also become the center of a series of dangerous hotspots such as the nuclear issue in the Korean peninsula, the Hong Kong protests and the Taiwan-China conflict. It can be seen that Tokyo is trying to work under pressure from many sides to both ensure national security and focus on solving the internal crisis.

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