Japan’s Abe Is Eyeing His Legacy. But First He Has to Get Through This Year

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives for a plenary session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 23, 2019 (AP photo by Gian Ehrenzeller).
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives for a plenary session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 23, 2019 (AP photo by Gian Ehrenzeller).
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Shinzo Abe has already outperformed his five immediate predecessors, putting to rest the idea that a Japanese prime minister couldn’t stay in office for more than a year. Now, he is approaching a milestone. He will become the longest-serving prime minister in Japan’s history if he remains in office until November. But Abe is looking beyond that, with a chance to serve out his current term as prime minister until 2021, since he was overwhelmingly re-elected last fall for a third and final term as president of the governing Liberal Democratic Party, or LDP. The party can effectively determine the […]

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