May 9, 2014 2:55 pm JST

Abe's current Cabinet marks 500 days

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's current administration on Friday marked the 500th day since its launch in December 2012.
     While Abe's previous Cabinet only lasted a year when he was prime minister between 2006 and 2007, the current Cabinet has become the longest-running Cabinet without a change in ministers in the post-war era.
     Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the cabinet has been focused on economic recovery, reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 and crisis management.
     "The Cabinet has come so far with good team work, working toward what the prime minister is trying to achieve," said Suga.
     Keiji Furaya, in charge of the issue of North Korea's abduction of Japanese citizens, expressed his commitment to his portfolio by saying that he intends to be the last minister with that title and will fulfill the goal of bringing back all the abductees.
     Masako Mori, minister for gender equality and consumer affairs, said she has followed Abe's instructions to "work for the nation."