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Abe becomes second longest serving postwar prime minister today

  • February 20, 2019
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NHK reported online this afternoon that as of today, Prime Minister Abe has served for an uninterrupted period of 2,248 days since the second Abe cabinet was launched in December 2012, making him the second longest serving prime minister in the postwar period after Eisaku Sato, who served for 2,798 days. This period excludes the first Abe cabinet, which lasted for only one year from September 2006. If his time under the first cabinet is included, Abe will have served for a total of 2,616 days by Feb. 22, which will make him not only the second longest serving prime minister in postwar history but also the fourth longest serving in Japanese history. And if he continues to stay in power, he will overtake Prime Minister Sato in August and surpass prewar Prime Minister Taro Katsura’s record of 2,886 days to become the longest serving prime minister in Japanese history.

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