While there is no shortage of Ivy League scholars offering ambitious explanations for everything that ails the United States today, there does seem to be a scarcity of sound, fact-based analysis. In fact, the failure of elites to see what is really afflicting the country is itself one of the biggest problems.
reviews three books by leading scholars on the roots of the country's political and socioeconomic discontent.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s unexpected resignation for health reasons has ended the tenure of Japan’s longest-serving premier, raising questions about the future direction of economic and foreign policy. His successor, Yoshihide Suga, who was Abe’s closest ally in government, must now convince voters and the rest of the world that he is up to the job.