Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe not only brought his ‘Abenomics’ and other tidings from Japan at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, but his wife Akie Abe is eager to talk to the other first ladies and dignitaries in Bali, Indonesia. She believes building friendships with the spouses of the other leaders will improve their mutual understanding of each of their countries.
She also believes that these informal meetings go beyond politics, and even if their countries are bound by political issues between their spouses, this is an opportunity for them to go beyond that. Akie said she wants more people to know about the beauty of Japan and her role is to tell them what makes the country more beautiful than just the sceneries and tourist attractions. With regards to her husband’s role when it comes to the economic recovery of Japan, she believes he has become confident because “he is sticking to his ideas and his policies have produced favorable results.” She was also pleasantly surprised that people from other countries knew about his Abenomics, or his radical economic plan to lift Japan out of its decades of deflation.
The prime minister’s wife ran into a bit of controversy last month when she attended a cultural exchange program between Japan and South Korea. While some people said it was improper for a woman of her stature to attend such an event, given Japan’s tenuous relations with its neighbour, she believes she wasn’t in the wrong. “It is better to get along well with a neighboring country than to be on bad terms,” she said. Akie is also looking forward to building a relationship with China, who is also involved in a territorial and historical dispute with Japan.
While she supports her husband in the increase in the consumption tax, Akie has been vocal when it comes to her opposition to nuclear power. Earlier this year, she revealed that she is “the opposition party at home,” when it comes to nuclear energy and she is saddened to see her husband promote atomic power in other countries.
[via Jiji Press]
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