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Abe needs to live up to his status as longest-serving prime minister

Japanese leader's achievements should not be overshadowed by lack of reform

Abe answers questions from reporters about the annual cherry blossom viewing party on Nov. 18. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

Shinzo Abe has become Japan's longest-serving prime minister in the constitutional era. As corporate earnings and the labor market have improved, he has built an administration marked by stability. Abe has also succeeded in raising Japan's prominence in the international community.

On the other hand, efforts to boost Japan's growth potential have stalled, along with measures to usher in fiscal soundness. Abe should show his leadership in realizing reforms and remedying these long-standing issues.

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