Dr Donna Weeks is a professor at Musashino University Tokyo where she teaches Japanese politics and peace studies in the Department of Political Science. Much of her work is focussed on the politics and history of Japan’s relationship with Australia and the international implications of Japan’s domestic political machinations.
The contentious changes brought about by the former prime minister will be debated for years to come.
Japan’s media enthusiastically covered the “diplomatic debut” of Australia’s new PM, expecting continuity over change.
With candidates jostling to take over from Yoshihide Suga, a late sprint from behind can’t be ruled out.