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Available Expert - Re-election of Shinzo Abe in Japan could mean increased militarism

Monday, October 23, 2017

Queen’s University expert and PhD candidate Midori Ogasawara is available to comment on Shinzo Abe’s landslide victory in Japan’s recent snap election – a result that could spur the country to make steps to make constitutional reforms that abandoned long-time pacifist policies for more militaristic ones.

“This election has been called ‘the election of Abe for Abe’ in Japan,” says Ms. Ogasawara. “He is reversing regional history back toward the time of the Japanese empire with hardline policies that have encouraged an increase in racism and nationalism amongst the people. If he is able to reform the country’s constitution how he desires to, it will allow Japan to quickly deploy troops to armed conflicts around the world for the first time since 1945.”

“Abe was able to mask his scandals, and benefitted from a lack of clear political opposition as well as the public’s fear of the North Korean nuclear program, to regain re-election,” says Ms. Ogasawara.

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