54 Facts About Shinzo Abe

1. Shinzo Abe has attributed the recovery that allowed him to re-enter politics to the drug Asacol.

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2. Shinzo Abe has to deal with regional conflicts with China, as the two countries each claim islands in the East China Sea as their own.

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3. Shinzo Abe resigned as prime minister in September 2007, citing poor health.

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4. Shinzo Abe was born on September 21, 1954, in Tokyo, Japan.

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5. In 2005 Shinzo Abe became a cabinet for the first time when he was awarded the role of Chief Cabinet Secretary.

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6. In 1979 Shinzo Abe took up a position with Kobe Steel and at the same time became involved in politics.

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7. Shinzo Abe had raised his public profile with strong criticisms of North Korea, a longtime nemesis of Japan.

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8. Shinzo Abe was a part of the LDP's inner circle before he ever held formal political office.

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9. Shinzo Abe was born in Nagato Japan, in Yamaguchi Prefecture, on September 21, 1954.

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10. Shinzo Abe became the country's first prime minister to have been born after World War II and its youngest since the war.

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11. Shinzo Abe married Akie Matsuzaki, a socialite and former radio disc jockey, in 1987.

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12. Shinzo Abe initially refrained from visiting the shrine as a sitting Prime Minister.

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13. On 20 September 2018, Shinzo Abe was re-elected as leader of the main ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

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14. Shinzo Abe was expected to retain a majority of seats in the Diet.

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15. Shinzo Abe declared the tax deal to be "the best possible result" of the negotiations.

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16. Shinzo Abe dismissed the chairman of the LDP's tax panel Takeshi Noda, and appointed Yoichi Miyazawa, who was more favourable to the policy, as his replacement.

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17. Shinzo Abe promised to mitigate any negative effects on the Japanese agricultural sector.

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18. Shinzo Abe created a new ministerial position for the co-ordination of policies related to the economy, population decline, and social security reform, which was filled by Katsunobu Kato.

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19. In September 2015 Shinzo Abe was re-elected as president of the LDP in an uncontested election after LDP Diet member Seiko Noda failed to garner enough support to stand as a candidate.

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20. On 24 December 2014 Shinzo Abe was re-elected to the position of Prime Minister by the House of Representatives.

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21. Shinzo Abe described this as "proactive pacificism", with the goal of making Japan a more "normal" country, able to defend itself.

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22. In December 2013, Shinzo Abe announced a five-year plan of military expansion.

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23. Shinzo Abe has attempted to centralize security policy in the Prime Minister's office by creating the Japanese National Security Council to better coordinate national security policy, and by ordering the first National Security Strategy in Japan's history.

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24. Shinzo Abe offered Japan's support to other countries in resolving territorial disputes.

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25. Shinzo Abe was the first Japanese PM to address the Australian parliament.

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26. Shinzo Abe concluded the Japan–Australia Economic Partnership Agreement with Australia's Abbott Government in 2014, and addressed a joint sitting of the Australian Parliament in July.

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27. In 2014 Shinzo Abe allocated millions of dollars of the fiscal budget to help programs that help single individuals of Japan find potential mates.

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28. In 2013 Shinzo Abe supported the creation of the Super Global Universities program.

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29. In September 2013 Shinzo Abe called for a "society in which all women can shine", setting a target that 30 percent of leadership positions should be held by women by 2020.

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30. Shinzo Abe announced a package of structural reforms in June 2014, that the Economist described as "less a single arrow than a 1,000-strong bundle" and compared favourably to the 2013 announcement.

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31. On 15 March 2013 Shinzo Abe announced that Japan was entering negotiations to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership, this was interpreted by analysts as a means through which the government can enact reforms to liberalise certain sectors of the Japanese economy, most notably agriculture, and was criticised by farm lobbies and some sections of the LDP.

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32. Shinzo Abe declared in his January 2013 policy speech to the Diet that economic revival and escaping deflation was "the greatest and urgent issue" facing Japan.

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33. On 26 September 2012, Shinzo Abe was re-elected as president of the opposition Liberal Democratic Party defeating former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba in a runoff vote by 108 votes to 89.

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34. On 26 September 2007 Shinzo Abe officially ended his term as Yasuo Fukuda became the new prime minister of Japan.

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35. Shinzo Abe said his unpopularity was hindering the passage of an anti-terrorism law, involving among other things Japan's continued military presence in Afghanistan.

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36. Shinzo Abe sought to revise or broaden the interpretation of Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution in order to permit Japan to maintain de jure military forces.

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37. Shinzo Abe has increased its allies in its international campaign to counter the North Korean nuclear cards.

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38. Shinzo Abe has expressed the need to strengthen political, security, and economic ties within the Southeast Asian region.

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39. Shinzo Abe has publicly recognized the need for improved relations with the People's Republic of China and, along with Foreign Minister Taro Aso, sought an eventual summit meeting with former Chinese paramount leader Hu Jintao.

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40. Shinzo Abe held conservative views in the Japanese succession controversy, and shortly after the birth of Prince Hisahito of Akishino he abandoned a proposed legislative amendment to permit women to inherit the Chrysanthemum Throne.

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41. Shinzo Abe took some steps toward balancing the Japanese budget, such as appointing a tax policy expert, Koji Omi, as Minister of Finance.

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42. Shinzo Abe expressed a general commitment to the fiscal reforms instituted by his predecessor, Jun'ichiro Koizumi.

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43. On 23 April 2006, Shinzo Abe was elected as the president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

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44. Shinzo Abe gained national popularity when he demanded that Japanese abductees visiting Japan remain, in defiance of North Korea.

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45. Shinzo Abe was chief negotiator for the Japanese government on behalf of the families of Japanese abductees taken to North Korea.

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46. Shinzo Abe is a member of the Mori Faction of the Liberal Democratic Party.

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47. Shinzo Abe studied public administration and graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from Seikei University in 1977.

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48. Shinzo Abe is a member of the revisionist Nippon Kaigi and holds revisionist views on Japanese history, including denying the role of government coercion in the recruitment of comfort women during World War II, a position which has created tension with neighboring South Korea.

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49. Shinzo Abe is a conservative whom political commentators have widely described as a right-wing nationalist.

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50. Shinzo Abe staged a political comeback, and on 26 September 2012 he defeated former Minister of Defense Shigeru Ishiba for the LDP presidency.

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51. Shinzo Abe was replaced by Yasuo Fukuda, the first in a series of five Prime Ministers who failed to retain office for more than sixteen months.

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52. Shinzo Abe resigned on 12 September 2007 for health reasons after his party lost the House of Councillors election that year.

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53. Shinzo Abe is the third-longest serving Prime Minister in post-war Japan.

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54. Shinzo Abe previously served as Prime Minister from 2006 to 2007.

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