Abe Becomes Japanese PM with 4th-Longest Total Tenure

Politics

Tokyo, Feb. 23 (Jiji Press)--Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday replaced Shigeru Yoshida as the Japanese government leader with the fourth-longest total tenure.

Abe's total tenure, including his 12-month first term to September 2007, reached 2,617 days, surpassing Yoshida's total stint of 2,616 days between 1946 and 1954.

Abe's tenure followed Taro Katsura's 2,886 days between 1901 and 1913, Eisaku Sato's 2,798 days between 1964 and 1972 and Hirobumi Ito's 2,720 days between 1885 and 1901.

All of the top four are from Yamaguchi Prefecture or its predecessor, the Choshu domain.

"I'll continue to do my best each day," Abe told reporters at the prime minister's office Friday.

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