Who was Shinzo Abe? What we know about Shinzo Abe
Shinzo Abe was Japan’s most famous politician, serving as prime minister longer than any other leader.
He resigned for the second time in August 2020, his ulcerative colitis recurred due to ill health.
He was the youngest prime minister since the Japanese war, when he first took office in 2006 at the age of 52.
A third-generation politician who was born into an elite, conservative family, Abe was known for his cowardly, nationalist positions and his economic policy called “Abinomics”.
He sought to strengthen Japan’s key alliance with Washington by establishing close personal ties with then-US President Donald Trump.
Abe was married to Aki Abe, 60, the daughter of a wealthy business family. The couple has no children.
Aki Abe is known as a media pioneer who advocates for some liberal causes, including LGBT rights. She married Abe in 1987.