The Political Economy of the Abe Government and Abenomics Reforms: Innovation, Agriculture, and Energy Policy.
The government of Abe Shinzo, which ruled Japan from 2012 to 2020, represents an important turning point in Japanese politics and political economy. Abe became the longest-serving prime minister in Japanese history, reversing a trend of short-lived leaders. His government not only stands out for its longevity, but also for its policies: Abe implemented a variety of significant changes, among the most important being a series of economic reforms to reinvigorate Japan’s economy under the banner of “Abenomics.” Drawing on a recently published book co-edited by Takeo Hoshi and Phillip Lipscy, The Political Economy of the Abe Government and Abenomics Reforms and featuring the authors of the relevant chapters, this panel will examine three areas of structural reform that were prioritized under Abenomics: innovation, agriculture, and energy. Moderated by Kiyoteru Tsutsui, the Director of the Japan Program, the panel will also consider the implications of these reforms for the post-Abe era that began with the Suga government in September 2020.