Shinzo Abe, Legacy Left by Japan’s Longest Prime Minister in Constitutional History-BBC News

Yuko KatoZubaida Abdul Jalil, BBC News (Tokyo)

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting in Danang, Vietnam November 11, 2017

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Shinzo Abe had an influence on national affairs even after he retired from the prime minister in 2020 (photographed in November 2017).

Shinzo Abe, the longest-serving prime minister in Japan’s constitutional history, was known for his hawkish foreign policy and his representative economic strategy, which became known as “Abenomics.” A highly popular and highly controversial politician, 67-year-old Abe led the Liberal Democratic Party to victory twice.

The shocking death reminded me of the violent days of prewar Japanese politics. An era when the assassination of politicians was not uncommon, if not routine. The series of assassinations of politicians was part of Japan’s history leading up to World War II.

As a popular but criticized politician, it was part of Mr Abe’s political approach to shake the public’s emotions. Abe knew from an early age that the public was not always friendly and that criticism had to be countered.

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