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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe puts a rosette on a board showing candidates' names at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo on Oct. 22. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

Shinzo Abe, the "comeback kid" of Japanese politics

PM recovers from summer popularity plunge, sets sights on 'grand legacy'

MITSURU OBE, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Despite being born into Japan's political royalty, Shinzo Abe, 63, is a man of drive and determination.

That may not be so surprising. Perhaps he needs to live up to the legacy of his father Shintaro, a former foreign minister, or that of his grandfather Nobusuke Kishi, a former prime minister. The fact that he is the second son in the family but was not such a strong academic achiever as his two brothers also made him feel a need to prove himself, experts say.

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