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Abe shows staying power as Japan's third-longest-serving leader

Spurring the economy, halting population decline still on his to-do list

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

TOKYO -- Shinzo Abe marks 1,980 days as Japanese prime minister Saturday, tying him with predecessor Junichiro Koizumi as the third-longest-serving leader of the postwar era.

Abe will have third place to himself Sunday, behind only Shigeru Yoshida at 2,616 days and Eisaku Sato at 2,798. The tally includes Abe's first stint as prime minister, back in 2006 and 2007.

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