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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. Photo (above): German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife ElkeBuedenbender visit the imperial gardens with Sven Saaler, professor atSophia University in Tokyo, 2018 (Credit: dpa picture alliance / Alamy Stock Photo). More photos from President Steinmeier’s 2018 visit on the website        

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: or here for the English version “A Trump-like anti-intellectual”: