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Chronology of major events of Prime Minister Abe’s government

  • September 20, 2018
  • , Kyodo News , 2:39 p.m.
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TOKYO — The following is a list of major events related to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government after he returned to power in late 2012.


Dec. 26, 2012 — Abe becomes prime minister for the second time.


July 21, 2013 — The ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and the New Komeito party secures a majority in the House of Councillors election, ending the divided Diet.


Sept. 7 — Tokyo is chosen as host of the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.


Dec. 26 — Abe visits the war-linked Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, the first prime minister to do so in seven years.


April 1, 2014 — Japan’s consumption tax rate is raised to 8 percent from 5 percent.


July 1 — The Cabinet approves a re-interpretation of the Constitution to enable the exercise of collective self-defense.


Nov. 18 — Abe postpones the 2nd-stage consumption tax hike to 10 percent until April 2017 and calls an election.


Dec. 14 — The ruling coalition retains a two-thirds majority in the House of Representatives election.


May 12, 2015 — Cabinet approves draft security legislation to give legal teeth to its decision in July 2014 aimed at expanding the scope of the Self-Defense Forces’ operations overseas.


Aug. 14 — Abe, in a statement on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, upholds Japan’s past apologies for its wartime actions as “unshakable” but stops short of offering a fresh apology of his own.


Sept. 8 — Abe re-elected unopposed as LDP president.


Sept. 19 — Japan enacts security laws.


Dec. 28 – Japan and South Korea agree to resolve the protracted dispute over Korean women procured for wartime Japanese military brothels.


May 26-27, 2016 — Japan hosts the Group of Seven summit in Mie Prefecture.


May 27 — U.S. President Barack Obama visits Hiroshima.


June 1 — Abe announces a decision to postpone the consumption tax hike to 10 percent to October 2019 from April 2017.


July 10 — The ruling coalition wins a majority of contested seats in the upper house election.


Dec. 26-28 — Abe and Obama visit Pearl Harbor.


Feb. 9-13, 2017 — Abe visits the United States and holds his first official meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.


March 5 — The LDP decides to extend its term limit for party leaders, potentially enabling Abe to remain in his post until September 2021.


May 3 — Abe unveils a plan to seek a first-ever change to the pacifist Constitution.


June 15 — Legislation to criminalize the planning of serious crimes enacted.


July 2 — The LDP suffers a historic defeat in the Tokyo metropolitan assembly election.


Oct. 22 — The ruling camp retains a two-thirds majority in the lower house election.


June 12, 2018 — Trump takes up the issue of Japanese abductees during a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.


Sept. 7 — Abe and Shigeru Ishiba run in the LDP presidential election.


Sept. 20 — Abe secures a third consecutive term as LDP leader.

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