TOKYO -- Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose government is in its eighth year, has thus far handled himself well on the international stage.
On the diplomatic front, Abe has managed to reach a trade deal with U.S. President Donald Trump without a major hitch. He has also gradually improved prickly Sino-Japanese ties. Last year, Abe successfully chaired the Group of 20 summit amid intense U.S.-China trade friction. His performance has made him popular at home, particularly among business people, contributing to his record-long premiership.