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Book review: Shinzo Abe's sudden resignation leaves a legacy unfinished

New biography traces the conservative roots of Japan's longest-serving prime minister

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe leaves a press conference in Tokyo on Aug. 28 after announcing his decision to step down due to a chronic health problem.

While Shinzo Abe has overtaken his great-uncle (Eisaku Sato, 2,798 days) as the longest consecutive serving prime minister, as the world now knows, a chronic intestinal disease has finally forced his resignation.

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