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Who Is Shinzo Abe?
In the early 2000s, Japan had several prime ministers. Shinzo Abe, a Japanese prime minister, stayed in office from 26th September 2006 to 2007. He was later re-elected and led from 26th December 2012 to 16th September 2020. This made him the longest-serving prime minister in Japanese history. In the same period, Shinzo was the president of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
From 2005 to 2006, Shizo Abe acted as the Chief Cabinet Secretary under the ruling of Junichiro Koizumi. Shinzo also briefly became an opposition leader in 2012.
Here are some interesting facts about the life and career of Shinzo Abe.
1. Shinzo Abe's Birth
Shinzo Abe was born on 21st September 1954 in Shinjuku City, which is in Tokyo, Japan. He was the son of a popular Japanese politician Shintaro Abe who was an alleged member of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Shinzo was the grandson of Nobuseke Kishi, a Japanese prime minister.
2. Schooled in an Elite Institution
Shinzo studied at Seikei Junior elementary school in Kichijoji Kitamachi, Musashino, in Tokyo, Japan. It is one of the best elementary schools in Japan. He later joined Seikei Senior school for further studies.
Abe attended the great Seikei University and studied Public Administration. Abe graduated in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in political science, a significant milestone in his career.
After graduation, Shinzo moved to the United States and joined the University of Southern California to further his studies in Public Policy. It took Abe three semesters to complete his studies in the School of Policy, Planning, and Development.
3. First Career: Foreign Affairs
Immediately after completing his university studies, Shinzo tried his luck in the government by working in several governmental posts. One of the positions that Abe held was executive assistant to the foreign affairs minister.
He as was a private secretary to two different organizations. Shinzo was the secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party ( LDP) and a private secretary to the LDP General Council chairperson.
In 1987, Shinzo Abe married a lady known as Akie Matsuzaki, a Japanese celebrity and socialite. Akie was an ex-radio disc jockey and daughter of Morinaga, the CEO of a chocolate production company.
Abe's wife is well known for having opinions that differ from those of her husband. This earned her the nickname "domestic opposition party." She is a hardworking lady who launched an organic Izakaya in Tokyo's Kanda neighborhood. Rumors have it that Abe's wife is not part of the organization's administration she founded because her mother allegedly insisted so.
Abe and his wife Akie do not have any children following their medical and health conditions.
5. Political Career
Abe began his political career in 1993 when he was elected to Japan's House of Representatives. He continued his career, and in 1999, he became the Committee Director on Health and Welfare. In the same year, Abe became the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Director of the Social Affairs Division.
From 2000-2006 Shinzo became the Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Abe Shinzo became the Japanese Prime Minister for the first time in 2006, and on 12th September 2007, Abe resigned as the prime minister.
On 26th December 2012, Abe was elected as the Japanese prime minister for the second time, and on 28th August 2020, Shizo again resigned as the prime minister.
Abe was regarded as a controversial politician. For instance, he espoused "historical negationism," sometimes distorting or downplaying Japanese war crimes during World War II, infuriating South Korea and China. He was considered by some to be an extreme nationalist, and his government refused to admit refugees affected by Middle Eastern and African conflicts. He was involved with ultra-conservative, revisionist groups and movements.
7. Elected as Prime Minister Twice
On 26th September 2006, Shigeru became the prime minister of Japan but resigned on 12th September 2007.
He was re-elected and became the Japanese prime minister from 26th December 2012 up to 28th august 2020.
8. Awards and Achievements
Abe won various awards, including two domestic honors and 16 foreign honors. He also won nine prizes, including the Herman Khan Award in September 2013 in the United States.
Shinzo graduated with four honorary doctorates from the following universities:
- Rangsit University in Thailand, where he graduated with a doctorate on 2013
- Jawaharlal Nehru University in India in 2015
- Turkmenistan State University in India in 2015
- The International Islamic University Malaysia in Malaysia
While at Yamato-Saidaiji station, Nara, giving a campaign speech that was aimed at supporting his fellow Liberal Democratic Party member Kei Sato, Shinzo was shot. He was attacked from behind by a suspect who is said to have used a homemade weapon.
Immediately after the incident, Shinzo was taken to Nara Medical University Hospital, but unfortunately, he succumbed to the injuries before the helicopter that had carried him arrived.
10. Shinzo Abe Died on 8th July 2022
After the shooting, Abe passed away after one hundred units of blood were transfused to his body, but to no avail. Medical specialists tried resuscitating Abe, but his death was announced at 17:03 that day.
The police arrested a 41-year-old former Japan Maritime Self Defense Force member Tetsuya Yamagami following the shooting. The man later disclosed to the local police had bad blood with the Unification Church.
He added that he shot Abe because of the thought that "the church and Shinzo Abe were connected." All these were over claims that Yamagami's mother had been brainwashed by the "church" that he believed Shinzo spread to Japan.
A considerable number of his friends all over the globe sent condolence messages to Abe's family. Abe's body was flown back to Tokyo a day after the shooting. Most people, including the current Japanese prime minister, blamed the police for the carelessness and killing of Shinzo Abe.
Shinzo remains a legend and will be remembered by many following his unforgettable influence on Japanese politics. He was given the nickname "shadow shogun," and he was appreciated mainly for his good deeds.
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