Sudden Resignation of Premier Abe
Below is my comment on the article of "Fade Away", TIME dated on September 24, 2007.
As your article pointed out, Premier Abe’s sudden resignation pulled a trigger to turn back the clock of Japanese politics to the bad old days of revolving-door cabinet. In the early stage of Prince-like Abe’s appearance following Junichiro Koizumi’s long era, people gave him support not only because he advocated strong leadership to reform the old regime of the country after World War II but he seemed to survive for a longer period to improve and stabilize their ways of living now and in the future.
With a widening gap between Shinzo Abe and the people and his deteriorating health, he had to resign at the worst timing of political struggle with Ichiro Ozawa, the opposition leader of the DPJ.
The important lesson from this incident is that we should select a leader with both strong mind and health and never with the good appearance and high popularity.