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Farewell, Shinzo Abe

He put the past behind him and forged a solid bond with America.

A general view shows the state funeral for Japan's former prime minister Shinzo Abe in the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo on September 27, 2022. (Photo by FRANCK ROBICHON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Japan's longest-serving Prime Minister has been laid to rest.

Hailing from a political dynasty, Shinzo Abe took over the reins of a country that had been in economic doldrums for years. His ambitious plans to infuse growth and revitalize the economy injected hope in many. Though many of his policies yielded mixed results and some of his dreams remain unfinished, Abe's political career has changed his country's stature.

Abe chose to look ahead and not dwell on the past. A daring nationalist, he chose to shun the legacy of the Second World War and reshape Japan's standing on the international stage. As the Prime Minister, he undertook numerous foreign trips, forging new partnerships.

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