After Abe, Japan’s Opposition Should Seek Compromise on Antiterrorism Legislation

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TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe may not have had his predecessor’s flare for politics, or been able to match what came to be known as “Koizumi theater,” but he sure knows how to make a dramatic exit. Abe stunned most political observers, and many members of his own party, by abruptly announcing his intention to resign Wednesday, leaving the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) scrambling to find a successor. The next day he was checked into hospital suffering from exhaustion. In many respects the decision to step down is not surprising — Abe’s party took a pummeling in […]

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