Journal of Japanese Studies: “Japan Transformed? The Foreign Policy Legacy of the Abe Government”

My latest peer-reviewed article … an analysis of the foreign policy legacy of the Abe government (2012-2020) and critical assessment of the relative significance of individual, domestic, and international factors in shaping it … has just been published in The Journal of Japanese Studies. I coauthored this piece with Phillip Lipscy of the University of Toronto.

A suggested citation and link to the published version is below:

  • Abstract: Throughout his exceptionally long tenure (2012–20), former Prime Minister Abe Shinz¯o made no secret of his ambition to transform Japan’s foreign policy. He was also widely credited with extraordinary individual agency. We critically assess foreign policy shifts under Abe and evaluate the relative significance of individual, domestic, and international factors. Abe had a major impact, but his individual influence should not be exaggerated: his highest personal priorities saw limited success. However, Abe facilitated and accelerated reforms consistent with domestic political and international structural changes. Our assessment of Abe’s legacy carries important implications for future Japanese foreign policymaking.

If you have any difficulty accessing our article, please let me know. Or you can access a (freely downloadable) AOM version here.