Shinzo Abe, longest serving Prime Minister of Japan: stability or pure luck?

Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, has been holding the office for over 2887 days, which makes him the first official to do so since 1971. Experts on Japanese politics have interpreted it differently and country’s opposition parties have been long trying to knock Abe down, yet not successfully.

On one hand, stability in the ruling apparatus is very important for a sustainable policy of the country. According to Abe, “when government changes every year, as it used to be after my first term, all the crucial issues are usually not being dealt with.” On the other hand, mane have expressed their concern that under Abe’s government, Japan is too US-oriented.

There is nothing mysterious about Abe becoming the longest serving prime minister as no other politician from the liberal democratic party of Japan can compete with him and other parties are too far from competing with the LDP.

Despite efforts of Japanese opposition to remove Abe from the office, popularity of the prime minister and his ratings are quite high. Abe’s diplomacy skills ensure that Japan takes one of the top positions in the world. Yet, it should be noted that due to the history of its post-war development, Japan does not have its own army and heavily depends on the US.

One of the issues that Abe is still to deal with is a peace agreement between Japan and Russia. Although Abe has 27 times met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, no developments have been made. Lack of progress on this issue causes irritation and disappointment among the Japanese and does not do any good to Abe’s reputation. However, many believe that no one would deal with it better that Abe.

If the two countries sign the peace treaty, bilateral cooperation in terms of investments and joint development of mineral resources in Siberia and the Far East could become possible. Japanese exporters and travel companies would also benefit from the agreement, definitely more than from the Kuril Islands dispute. The last but not the least — the Japanese economy would even get a chance to get rid of chronic deflation.

Vesna News — official website

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