Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during the Asean-Japan summit in Thailand’s Nonthaburi province, near Bangkok, on November 4. Photo: EPA-EFE
Kevin Rafferty
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Kevin Rafferty

Shinzo Abe’s legacy: a stagnant economy, loyalty to Donald Trump, deepening rivalries with China and the two Koreas – and the longest tenure as PM

  • Shinzo Abe has failed to resolve old grievances or revitalise the economy ahead of the coming population crunch. His dream of a constitutional revision is also a long shot, yet he has served longer than any PM in Japan’s history

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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during the Asean-Japan summit in Thailand’s Nonthaburi province, near Bangkok, on November 4. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: EPA
Craig Mark
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Opinion

Craig Mark

Abe is Japan’s longest-serving PM. Is that the extent of his legacy?

  • The premier has broken a century-old record for political longevity – but despite domestic comebacks and foreign policy wins, a succession of scandals and his mixed results with the economy will live long in the memory

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: EPA
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