Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe is president of the Liberal Democratic Party and was elected prime minister of Japan in December 2012. He also served as prime minister in 2006 after being elected by a special session of Japan’s National Diet, but resigned after less than a year.

The last pardons were granted in February 1989 to mark the death of Emperor Hirohito, with criminal punishments struck down or commuted, while bureaucrats had their penalties waived

Will Japan pardon its bad bureaucrats when emperor abdicates?

The Japanese government is reportedly drawing up plans to issue amnesties to potentially dozens of ministry bureaucrats punished for wrongdoing to mark the ascension next year of Crown Prince Naruhito to the position of emperor.