Dr. John Hemmings has a new paper published by the East West Center called “Measuring Shinzo Abe’s Impact on the Indo-Pacific.”  In the paper, Hemmings explains that: “Suga – and, indeed, the next generation of future prime ministers – will continue Abe’s legacy in one form or another.”

“Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been an incredibly influential figure on the world stage and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will have his work cut out for him,” says Hemmings. “Not only must he uphold and continue the shift in Japan’s grand strategy, he must manage Japan’s famously difficult bureaucracy to do so.”

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Dr. John Hemmings is an associate professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The views expressed in this article are the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the DKI APCSS or the United States Government.