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Shinzo Abe – Japan’s Longest-Serving Prime Minister

Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe has been assassinated while giving a campaign speech in southern Japan, shocking a country in which political violence is rare and guns are tightly controlled.

Former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe
Former Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe
Infographic showing who were Japan's longest serving prime ministers

Abe is Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, having headed the government for 3,188 days in total up to his resignation in September 2020.

Despite stepping down, he remained a dominant presence over the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), controlling one of its major factions.

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