Shinzō Abe became Japan’s longest serving prime minister thanks to the weakness of his political rivals. But Abe never realized his dream of rewriting the Japanese constitution to legitimize the nationalist militarism that was central to his worldview.
Kristin Surak teaches Japanese politics at SOAS, University of London. She is the author of Making Tea, Making Japan: Cultural Nationalism in Practice.
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