Abe Becomes Japan's Longest-Serving Prime Minister

Politics

Tokyo, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--Shinzo Abe became Japan's longest-serving prime minister by marking his 2,887th day in office on Wednesday, overtaking Taro Katsura, who led the country for 2,886 days in the early 1900s.

Enjoying stable political footing even nearly seven years after returning to power in 2012, Abe may continue rewriting all-time records until his current term of office as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party expires in September 2021.

Abe has denied his intention to seek another term as LDP president, although some party members want him to stay in power.

During the current remaining term as LDP leader, Abe aims to pave the way for realizing his political ambitions, including constitutional revisions.

Abe first took the post of prime minister in September 2006 at the age of 52, becoming the country's youngest leader in the post-World War II era. But he stepped down only a year later due to a series of resignations by ministers of his cabinet as well as his health problems.

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