Briefing with President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

During the visits of German Federal President Steinmeier to Japan in 2018 and 2019, I had the pleasure of briefing the President and his wife on Japanese politics. More photos from President Steinmeier’s visit on the website Photo: German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Buedenbender visit the imperial gardens with Sven Saaler, professor at Sophia University in Tokyo (© Sven Saaler).

My comments on the resignation of PM Abe (in German)

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No prime minister of Japan had a longer tenure than Shinzo Abe. But many of his ambitious goals remained unfulfilled, partly because of the anti-intellectual approaches Abe pursued. Read more here: