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Abe reaches another record, this time for consecutive days in post

Japanese prime minister to focus on fighting pandemic and altering constitution

Shinzo Abe, right, had been Japan's prime minister for 2,798 days in a row as of Aug. 23 -- as many consecutive days as great-uncle Eisaku Sato.

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, already Japan's longest-serving leader, has reached another milestone by matching the record for consecutive days in office.

Abe held the post for 2,798 straight days as of Sunday -- as many as great-uncle Eisaku Sato, who served from November 1964 to July 1972.

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