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How will Shinzo Abe be remembered as Prime Minister?
Aug 31, 2020 at 06:39 PM

The Quick Facts

  • Shinzo Abe stepped down as Japan's Prime Minister citing health issues (ulcerative colitis) at the age of 65.
  • Abe, Japan's longest-serving Prime Minister, served four terms as Prime Minister since 2012 and previously in 2006-2007. Shinzo Abe also served as the head of the Liberal Democratic Party, which currently controls a majority in the National Diet (the national legislature of Japan).
  • Abe famously introduced "Abenomics" - an economic policy that aimed to spur growth in Japan through monetary and fiscal policy and corporate reform - with varied success.
  • Abe's politics lean conservative and he has promoted policies that aimed to increase Japan's presence in the international arena and strengthen its national security.

Food For Thought

As the longest-serving Prime Minister of Japan, how will Shinzo Abe be remembered? What will his legacy be with respect to foreign policy, economics, government affairs, and healthcare?

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