Abe Becomes Fourth-Longest Serving Leader in Postwar Japan


Tokyo, Dec. 5 (Jiji Press)—Abe Shinzō became the fourth-longest serving prime minister in Japan's post–World War II history on Monday, marking his 1,807th day in office, including his first tenure.

Abe's strong leadership could make him the longest-serving prime minister in Japanese history, overtaking Katsura Tarō, who was in office for a total of 2,886 days during the period from 1901 to 1913.

Abe's key achievements include passing security laws that enable the country to exercise its right to collective self-defense and improvements in economic indicators such as stock prices, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide told a press conference on Friday.

The prime minister has been "making clear what needs to be done first and then doing it under political leadership," Suga said.

Abe's second term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party expires in September 2018. He will be allowed to run for another term, effectively extending his eligibility to serve as prime minister, as the LDP plans to extend the maximum tenure of office for a party chief to three consecutive three-year terms.

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