The “Abe victory” spiral
I want to be a fighting politician. Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed this view of politics at every opportunity. He was in office for 3,188 days, making him the longest-serving prime minister in the history of constitutional government. He implemented Abenomics and aggressive diplomacy with the U.S. and Russia, creating an era of “Abe alone.
He has been in power for 3188 days, the longest period in the history of constitutional government. He was intolerant of dissent, and the newspapers were divided on whether they supported or disapproved of him. There has never been a prime minister like him before,” said political analyst Atsuo Ito.
However, it is also true that a number of “suspicions” have arisen and frayed nerves have appeared in the administration. These include the problems surrounding Moritomo Gakuen, Kakei Gakuen, and the Cherry Blossom Viewing Party, which have been dubbed the “morikake sakura.
These allegations are the result of the arrogance of the Abe administration, which has been in power for a long period of time,” said Mr. Kikuchi. In the case of the Moritomo affair, the “discovery” of the former Prime Minister Abe led the Ministry of Finance officials to falsify official documents, and Toshio Akagi of the Kinki Finance Bureau, who was instructed to do so, took his own life. The truth has never been revealed, and furthermore, Prime Ministers Kan and Kishida continue to refuse to reopen the investigation, saying that the matter has been ‘resolved’. Mr. Abe’s death was a shock, but that does not mean we should let it fade away,” Ito said.
Now that former Prime Minister Abe has not returned home, the chances of these allegations being scrutinized again in the Diet or in court are slim to none. Lawyer Nobuo Gohara points out that another problem is the public’s indifference to politics that has resulted from the numerous allegations.
The opposition parties and the media were superficial in their pursuit of the case, and the Abe administration’s response was that there was no problem in terms of compliance with the law,” he said, “so sterile discussions continued. This led to distrust of the administration and disappointment in the opposition, resulting in a decline in voter turnout and the formation of a spiral of “Abe’s overwhelming victory.
The shadow that former Prime Minister Abe has cast over this country will continue to linger.
From the July 29 and August 5, 2022 issues of FRIDAY
PHOTO： Takehiko Kohiyama (1st photo) Ippei Hara (jogging) Takeshi Kinugawa (former Finance Bureau Director Sagawa) Hiroyuki Komatsu (birthday party) Hisayuki Semba (wedding)