April 14, 2024 05:05:23 booked.net

5 Greatest Achievements of ‘Shinzo Abe’ You Didn’t Know About Before

1. He served in Japan’s government since 1993

Mr. Abe was born in 1954 to a prominent political family. Both his grandfather and great-uncle served as prime ministers in Japan and his father was a former secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

Mr. Abe himself was first elected to Japan’s House of Representatives in 1993. His skill was quickly recognized and after holding a variety of cabinet positions, he was made the secretary-general of the LDP in 2003.

Four years after this, he was named LDP’s party president and soon after, became the prime minister of Japan.

2. He is Japan’s longest-serving prime minister

Did you know that Mr. Abe was Japan’s longest-serving prime minister? He served two separate terms as Japan’s leader. The first was from 2006 to 2007. He stepped down after a year due to his health as he was suffering from ulcerative colitis. Five years after that, however, he made a comeback and served the country as prime minister from 2012 to 2020.

His second term was actually the longest consecutive term that a Japanese head of government has had.

3. He completely transformed Japan’s defense strategy

During his time as prime minister, Mr. Abe oversaw major changes to Japan’s defense system and paved the way for them to do more as China and North Korea grew in strength.

Mr. Abe began this by boosting Japan’s defense spending and expanding its alliance with the United States.

In 2018, Mr. Abe created a National Security Council which strengthened the prime minister’s role in security affairs. At that time, it was considered one of the most ambitious reorganizations of Japan’s foreign and security policy apparatus since the end of World War II.

Over the years, he continued to maintain strategic relationships with leaders from around the world in a successful bid toward diplomacy.

4. He paved the way for Japan to send aid to Ukraine

One of the things Mr. Abe did in 2014 during his drastic defense reform of Japan’s defense system was to relax a ban on the exporting of arms. He changed the laws such that weapons were allowed to be shipped if they “contributed to global peace.”

This meant that recently when Ukraine was invaded by Russia, Mr. Kishida was able to send non-lethal military aid to Ukraine.

5. He helped to revive Japan’s economy

When Mr. Abe came to office, Japan was facing economic turmoil. However, Mr. Abe quickly set about restarting Japan’s withering economy. In 2012, soon after he was re-elected, he launched a plan that was affectionately known as “Abenomics.”

This plan included massive monetary stimulus, increased government spending, and structural reforms.

Mr. Abe’s efforts were incredibly successful and the country saw a great boost in not just its economy but also in consumer and investor confidence.

One of his biggest achievements, as he revived the economy and increased the world’s confidence in Japan, was when he managed to secure the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (which was later postponed to 2021 as a result of the pandemic).