A timeline of the career of former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

Abe is born in Tokyo

Sept. 21, 1954:

The son of Shintaro Abe, who served as Japan’s foreign minister, and grandson of Nobusuke Kishi, a former prime minister.

1977: Graduates from Seikei University in Tokyo

with a degree in political science
(Shinzo Abe Right)

After which he moves to the U.S. to study public policy at the University of Southern California for three semesters.

1982: Pursue new positions at the Foreign Ministry

And with the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

1993: First elected as a LDP legislator representing the southwestern prefecture of Yamaguchi.

Abe, already viewed as a conservative, becomes a member of and eventually leads the party’s largest faction, Seiwakai, that had once been headed by his father, who died in 1991.

Sept. 26, 2006: Abe becomes Japan’s prime minister for the first time

Overseeing economic reforms while taking a hard line on North Korea and seeking to engage with South Korea and China.

2007: Following electoral defeats that saw the LDP lose control of the legislature for the first time in 52 years, Abe resigns as prime minister, citing health reasons.

Abe has been suffering from ulcerative colitis but was able to control it with medication.

2013: Seeking to boost growth, Abe launches his “Abenomics” policies

Featuring easy lending and structural reforms.

Japan’s relations with China undergo a particularly rough patch but begin to improve after Abe meets with Chinese leader Xi Jinping at the APEC summit in Beijing.

2014-2020: Re-elected LDP leader

he serves two additional terms as prime minister for a total of four

uring which he develops close relations with then-president Donald Trump, holding summits and golfing together.

Aug. 28, 2020: Announces he will step down as prime minister, again citing health reasons, after his ulcerative colitis flares up again. By that point, Abe had already become Japan’s longest-serving prime minister.

2021: Despite leaving office, Abe shows he can still rile up Beijing

with comments on Taiwan

In a speech, Abe warned that “military adventure would lead to economic suicide.”

July 8, 2022: Abe is fatally shot

while giving a speech at a campaign event in the city of Nara.

Police arrest a male suspect but no motive was immediately known.

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