South Asia and Beyond

After Abe As Japan’s ‘Compass’: India, Indo-Pacific, Quad & China

New Delhi: On ‘The Gist’, Yoichiro Sato, Professor at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University and Japan, U.S., Indo-Pacific Foreign and Security Policy Analyst in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. Professor Sato discusses the state funeral for former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his legacy especially in foreign and security policy after his 2007 ‘Confluence of Two Seas’ speech to India’s parliament, the evolution of the Indo-Pacific concept he first visualised, the momentum that the Quad has got in response to China’s aggressive assertiveness, divisions and protests in Japan over Abe’s policies and the state funeral, higher priority to security in the defence budget, relations with India, PM Modi travelling to Japan for the funeral and meeting his counterpart Fumio Kishida and Japan’s internal debate over nuclear weapons.

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