Abe Becomes Third-Longest-Serving Leader in Postwar Japan


Tokyo, May 28 (Jiji Press)—Abe Shinzō became the third-longest-serving Japanese prime minister in post-World War II history on Sunday with 1,981 days in office including his first tenure between September 2006 and September 2007.

His stint as Japanese leader surpassed that of Koizumi Jun'ichirō, who was in office between April 2001 and September 2006.

Koizumi utilized internal opposition within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to push through his policies, while Abe has been enacting polices by rallying support within the LDP, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide told a press conference last week.

Suga made the comments when asked why Abe has been in power for such a long period of time. But Abe's actual strength comes from his ability to contain his potential rivals, sources familiar with the situation said.

Abe assigns his political rivals within the LDP to posts close to him to prevent them from becoming influential enough to threaten his status. Among them are Ishiba Shigeru, who was regional revitalization minister between September 2014 and August 2016, and Kishida Fumio, who has been foreign minister since December 2012.

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