Japan has greatly benefited as a country and globally under the leadership of Shinzo Abe. Abe’s governmental party, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), has gathered the confidence of the Japanese electorate who are serious about economic improvement and foreign policy. With the help of its ally, Komeito, this government under Abe has provided better and sustainable policies.
However, the question being asked around is whether this achievement at ballot box can be considered good leadership? Not many have been able to compete with this level of energy and diplomatic conferences in the past. His trips and meetings with influential personal around the globe have helped Japan to establish itself as a big contributor and establisher of peace.
Abe’s abilities as a logical doer are inspiring, especially in the case of security policies. He has worked upon the country’s military abilities and developed a tactical plan to dilute the nation’s dependency around the globe.
His vision of ‘free and open Indo-Pacific’ has shown the world the willingness of Japan to lay down a lasting foreign policy. Last October, Abe’s visit to Beijing, China has proven to be a strategic move as it improved relations with China. It is clearly evident that the government of Japan is dodging extreme reliance on the United States of America and also preparing the expected risks accompanying ties with a more persistent nation, China.
However, it is not all good news. In light of foreign affairs, Abe’s efforts with North Korea, Iran, and Russia have not been very unsuccessful. Regardless of the significance of the Indo-Pacific vision, it is not clearly evident that this will aid in an intelligent strategy. Japan’s history show there has always been differences of opinion regarding policies between its elite class and cynical civilians. Moreover, Japan’s decision to cut down the trade of technology with South Korea has welcomed unprecedented emotionalism from the nation.