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Shinzo Abe the globalist

Departing PM forged legacy as one of Japan's most globalist leaders ever

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Abe speaks next to a map showing participating countries in negotiations for the TPP in March 2013: his embrace of globalization was the result of a coldblooded realpolitik.   © Reuters

Tobias Harris is senior vice president at Teneo Intelligence and author of "The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan."

In March 2019, Steve Bannon, former adviser to President Donald Trump, met with a group of lawmakers from Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, or LDP, and told them, "Prime Minister Abe was Trump before Trump." Abe, he argued, was a full-fledged member of the global nationalist wave that had elected Trump and pulled the United Kingdom out of the European Union.

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