After the sudden resignation of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un is said to be closely observing the island nation’s race to find a successor.
Abe, who revolutionized Japan, sent the country into turmoil after announcing his resignation citing health issues. He suffers from ulcerative colitis, a chronic intestinal disease, and has reportedly suffered a decline in his health, causing internal turmoil in the Diet. Abe had revolutionized Japan with his signature style of economic development termed as “Abenomics” His signature “Abenomics” program consisted of “three arrows” of monetary easing, fiscal stimulus, and structural reform.
The Abductee issue
Many believe the dictator has long-held grudges against the erstwhile Japanese PM. North Korea and Japan have had an infamous history further exacerbated by Abe calling the fight to return Japanese citizens abducted by the secretive regime, “his life’s work.”
The issue of the abductees has been long and turbulent, with North Korea claiming ostensibly that some abductees never entered the nation in the first place. Five were freed, and eight have purportedly died. Abe pledged to continue fighting, and it may be a contemptive issue whether his successor plans to do the same.
Talks between the two nations have been in the works. Abe tried to calm the seas by agreeing to a summit, even trying to start talks with his counterpart, they never materialized, especially after the US supporting Japan’s cause irked the DPRK regime.
Shinzo Abe is the longest-serving Prime Minister, and his signature style of the ruling has been both a boon and a bone to many as the government recorded a flourishing economy coupled with a disastrous and inefficient response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
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Source: Foreign Policy