Himalaya: Listen. Learn. Grow.
The retirement of Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was met with concern and dismay in Japan. The long-serving leader had been in office since 2012, retained a strong popularity, and was well respected as a thoughtful and progressive leader in the international arena.
Following in his footsteps is Yoshihide Suga, a public face of the Abe administration who emerged as a leading favourite. The 71 year old is from a modest background and a self made man, and would be an unusual leader in a country that favours political dynasties.
Guest: Dr Shiro Armstrong (Director, Australia-Japan Research Centre, Australian National University)
Recorded 30 September 2020.