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Shinzo Abe, a skillful statesman, showed the world 'Japan is back'

Abenomics and collective self-defense among political scion's achievements

Shinzo Abe served as prime minister from December 2012 to September 2020, longer than any other postwar premier.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- By a strange coincidence, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe died at 67, the same age as his father, onetime Foreign Minister Shintaro Abe.

The younger Abe had just remarked on reaching that milestone in years on his birthday in September. "I became prime minister when my father could not, and I will also pass my father in age," he said. "All that's left is to spend the rest of my life doing everything I can."

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