The Economist

Obituary: Abe Shinzo, the champion of Japan

The Economist
Tue, 12 Jul 2022

Obituary: Abe Shinzo, the champion of Japan
Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is welcomed to NZ on a state visit in 2014. (Image: Getty)
The Economist
Tue, 12 Jul 2022
Abe Shinzo had already guaranteed his place in Japan’s history books. As prime minister from 2012 to 2020, he served longer than any other post-war leader.When an assassin shot him at an election-campaign event on July 8th, Mr Abe, 67, also became the first Japanese head of government to be killed in the post-war era. The shooting is a tragic coda to the life of one of the most consequential politicians of modern Japan.Though as a boy he dreamed of becoming a filmmaker, Abe’s path into politics was all but predetermined. Like many o...

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