Discussion: Abe’s cabinet reshuffle and its influence in northeast Asia

For the third time since taking office in 2012, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reshuffled the cabinet. Though his key cabinet members like foreign and finance ministers remain, one big change is his defense chief. Newly appointed Tomomi Inada is one person that neighbors like China and South Korea are concerned about. The hawkish, conservative politician shares Abe’s views on foreign policy and security issues, and some are speculating that Japan might be shedding its pacifist nature soon. We speak to Victor Gao Zhikai, director of China National Association of International Studies, and Takesato Watanabe, professor emeritus at Doshisha University, on how the reshuffle and Inada’s appointment might influence northeast Asia’s security and stability.

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