Tobias S. Harris on His Book, "The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan"

  • 08 Oct 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Virtual Book Talk Via Zoom

This event is organized by the Centre for the Study of Global Japan


The Centre for the Study of Global Japan will be joined by Adam Liff, Director of the 21st Century Japan Politics & Society Initiative at Indiana University's Hamilton Lugar School, and invite Tobias S. Harris to introduce his new book, 'The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan.'

About The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan

Shinzo Abe entered politics burdened by high expectations: that he would change Japan. In 2007, seemingly overwhelmed, he resigned after only a year as prime minister. Yet, following five years of reinvention, he masterfully regained the premiership in 2012, and for almost eight years dominated Japanese democracy as no leader has done before.

Abe inspired fierce loyalty among his followers, sidelining rivals with his ambitious economic programme and support for the security and armed forces. He staked a leadership role for Japan in a region being rapidly transformed by the rise of China and India, while carefully preserving an ironclad relationship with Trump's America.

The Iconoclast tells the story of Abe's meteoric rise and stunning fall, his remarkable comeback, and his unlikely emergence as a global statesman laying the groundwork for Japan's survival in a turbulent century.


Centre for the Study of Global Japan, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Japan Politics & Society Initiative, Hamilton Lugar School, Indiana University

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