With Pearl Harbor attack 73 years in the past, Japan to vote on its future
Pearl Harbor is a powerful reminder of the importance of Japan. The surprise attack launched 73 years ago, Sunday (or Monday by Tokyo time) by Japanese forces changed the course of history, plunging America into World War Two and, eventually, sealing Japan’s imperial fate. From the ashes of the war these bitter enemies forged an unlikely alliance that has weathered many storms. Today it is more important than ever before.
After two decades of stagnant economic growth, Japan has awoken from its slumber under the leadership of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s hyper-active second tenure. But with the economy slipping once again into recession and political scandals erupting almost weekly, Japan’s transformation is at a critical juncture. Seeking a popular mandate to continue this “Abenomics” agenda he claims is the only way out of this slump.