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Shinzo Abe, Japan’s longest-serving leader, leaves office a diminished figure with an unfulfilled legacy – The Conversation AU

Abe restored mild economic growth to Japan and enhanced the country’s position on the global stage, but his handling of the coronavirus pandemic was widely criticised.



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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ended weeks of speculation about the state of his health by announcing his surprise resignation today.
The 65-year-old Abe was finally forced to concede to the ulcerative colitis intestinal disease that had brought his first brief term in office to an end in 2007.
After being treated with a new course of medication, Abe made a remarkable political comeback in 2012. He regained the leadership of the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), and led it bac…

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