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Shinzo Abe

Abe's assassination transforms Japan's political landscape

Nation loses a leader who drove significant policy agendas

After Shinzo Abe resigned as prime minister, he maintained his influence as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party's largest faction. (Photo by Karina Noka)

TOKYO -- The assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will drastically transform Japan's policy priorities on both the domestic and foreign fronts as the country lost a giant who was able to shift the political landscape from behind the scenes.

Japan's longest-serving prime minister left an indelible mark on the country's political agenda over the past 10 years. After Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party won back control of government in 2012, he immediately set out to reshape Japan's economic policy. He entered into an accord with the Bank of Japan in 2013, setting a 2% inflation target.

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