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—Shinzō Abe. campaigning in June 2010.
Before there was Trump and other right-wing populists, Prime Minister Abe was the first nationalist leader to win an election in an industrialized democracy and successfully govern as a (right-wing) nationalist.
Steve Bannon[1]

Shinzō "Trump before Trump" Abe(安倍 晋三) (1954–) is a former Prime Minister of Japan and President of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) — despite the name, it is a conservative party.[note 1]

He is a Japanese ultra-nationalist, traditionalist conservative, right-wing populist, neoconservative based on Shinto, historical revisionism personality politician. He is speaking for the hard-rightist within the LDP. One of Abe's grandfathers, Nobusuke Kishi,Wikipedia was also Japanese Prime Minister (1957-1960). Kishi was an untried war criminal from World War II.

Although Abe is a far-right politician[2][3], there is controversy in academia over whether he is a populist or not. He is a ultra-elite politician with a distance from anti-elitism, and a longtime vested interest in a mainstream conservative party(=LDP). To be more accurate, Abe's creed can be seen as strange form far-right populism and authoritarianism lacking anti-elitism. (Abe's political form may be closer to the aristocracy based on populism. Of course, Aristocracy is practically an antithesis to populism.) He has rather less radical rhetoric than Donald Trump, but his appointees are made up of the Nippon Kaigi Members, neo-Nazi sympathizers, eugenic homophobia, ethnic/race minority people discriminator and the Pre-World War II Japanese Empire Advocate. And he actually uses a more authoritarian style of governance than Donald Trump. What's more disgusting, however, is that Abe's creed, unlike other far-right populists, takes advantage of his being a mainstream politician from the elite, wrapping it as if Japan were one of the guardians of the free world.[4]

In Japan, populist and extreme right-wing nationalism has found an institutional home within the traditional conservatism of Liberal Democratic Party that aims for an authoritarian transformation of the political system.[5] So.... in Japan, unlike in the West, there is no noticeable non-mainstream anti-establishment far-right outsider populist movement, because the LDP, originally a center-right party, has been accepted by far-right nationalists through the 21st century. and one of the figures at the center of such a movement is Abe.

He prayed in the 'Yasukuni Shrine' in 2013. His nationalism is causing friction with neighboring countries such as South Korea and China.

He suppressed the liberal national newspaper Asahi Shimbun, and when Abe met with Donald Trump in 2017, he said, "I’ve been successful in taming the Asahi Shimbun. I hope you will likewise be successful in taming The New York Times.".

Steve Bannon admired him so much that he said, "a great hero to the grassroots, the populist, and the nationalist movement through the world." He even praised Abe as "Trump before Trump."[6]

He had a big political scandal in 2017, which is the allegation that he secretly sponsored a radical kindergarten that teaches anti-Korean far-right nationalist ideas. If true, this is a clear abuse of children, let alone racial discrimination against Koreans.[7]

His government launched a massive economic retaliation this year in protest of a South Korean court's ruling to compensate the South Korean victims involved in the "Japan’s wartime forced labor" during World War II. Imagine Germany's economic retaliation for the Nazi Germany's forced labor victimized countries' ruling to compensate the German companies involved at the time! As such, Japan is a extremely right-wing country now![8]

Abe is also known abroad for his "Abenomics" programme that consists of three features - monetary stimulus, fiscal stimulus and structural reform. The first two goals are broadly Keynesian - monetary stimulus including slashing interest rates and devaluing the yen to make Japanese exports more competitive, whilst fiscal stimulus has seen the Japanese government embrace huge raises in government spending. However the third arrow - structural reform - is designed to continue the neoliberal reforms of Abe's predecessor Junichiro Koizumi including deregulation particularly in the labour market and opening up Japanese markets through free-trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. These policies have been compared to the similarly loose monetary policy and neoliberal reforms of Ronald Reagan[9]. The effect of Abenomics has been to lead to higher wealth inequality in Japan due to it being based the same principle of trickle-down economics adopted in North America and Europe and as such more benefit Japan's already-dominant corporations then the general populace.[10]

On August 28 2020, he resigned from his prime minister job due to health issues.[11]

See also[edit]

  • Junichiro Koizumi
  • Nippon Kaigi - Shinzo is a member of the group.
  • Tarō Asō - Japan's deputy prime minister. he is Abe's long-time political partner. He defended Hitler and used the old man's denunciation and racist remarks.
  • Nationalism
  • Comfort women
  • Naoki Hyakuta - Abe is a favorite reader of Naoki Hyakuta.
  • Populism
  • Viktor Orban - He is a politician similar to Shinzo Abe. It has turned the center-right party to a level similar to extreme right.
  • Marine Le Pen - Just as she inherited her father's legacy, Abe succeeded his maternal grandfather's.
  • Narendra Modi - His political friend.
  • Yasukuni Shrine - 2013
  • Holocaust denial - This is the case if we change Japan to Germany in the act of historical revisionism that Abe does.
  • Netto-uyoku - Just as alt-right supports Donald Trump, Netto-Uyoku supports the Shinzō Abe.

Notes[edit]

  1. In North America, "liberal" usually means social liberalismWikipedia, but in fact liberalism is not entirely left-wing ideology. Of course social liberalism, cultural liberalismWikipedia and (historical) radicalismWikipedia is a left-wing ideology, but conservative liberalismWikipedia, liberal conservatismWikipedia, classical liberalismWikipedia and economic liberalismWikipedia are right-wing ideologies. Outside North America, "liberal" does not always mean only social liberalism. That is why Japan has a much more conservative and un-(socially)liberal social culture than the United States, but right-wing political forces sometimes refer to themselves as "liberal". In Japan, left-wing liberalism is usually referred to as 'リベラル' and right-wing liberalism is usually referred to as '自由主義'. Both, of course, mean "liberalism".

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