Shinzo Abe’s reforms have reshaped Japan, notes economics writer Noah Smith in this illuminating essay published shortly before Abe’s death. The nation’s labor force is welcoming more women, its military is emerging from its pacifist slumber to ally with regional powers, and its demographic makeup is becoming more diverse, as immigration policies promote the hiring of skilled employees from abroad and fast-track their path to permanent residency. Japan is slowly becoming multicultural, largely due to Abenomics and Abe’s social reforms that have helped Japan become both more relevant and resilient.
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Noah Smith is a financial journalist, and he writes on matters of geopolitics and economics in his blog Noahpinion.