Abe bears several “nicknames” to his name: he was the youngest prime minister of Japan, the longest serving prime minister in the country’s history, and the first head of government born after World War II. He hails from a wealthy political family, which includes a father who was a foreign minister, and his grandfather and great-uncle who served as prime minister.
In 2006, Abe himself became prime minister for the first time, although that was short-lived: twelve months – and several political scandals – he resigned again. Stress and exhaustion could also have played a role in this decision: Abby was admitted to the hospital shortly after his resignation.
In 2012, he ran again for prime minister, this time serving as prime minister until 2020. Abe is best known for his so-called “Abenomics” approach, a controversial policy to revive Japan’s economic growth — by the way, not a long-term success story. It also increased the country’s defense spending for the first time in years, playing a major role in hosting the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
In 2020, Abe resigned due to health reasons. He has always continued to play an important role within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
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