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Shinzo Abe biography: 13 things about ex-prime minister of Japan

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Shinzo Abe (安倍 晋三) is a Japanese politician born in Tokyo, Japan to Shintaro Abe and Yoko Abe. Shinzo is Hironobu Abe’s younger brother and Nobuo Kishi’s older brother.

Shinzo speaks Japanese and English. Here are 13 more things about him:

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  1. She attended Seikei Elementary School and Seikei Junior and Senior High School in Musashino, Japan.
  2. In 1977, he graduated from Seikei University in Musashino with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
  3. In 1978, he spent three semesters in the University of Southern California‘s School of Policy, Planning and Development in Los Angeles, California, United States where he studied English and took courses in political science, international relations and history.
  4. From April 1979 to 1982, he worked for Kobe Steel, a steel manufacturer headquartered in Chūō-ku, Kobe, Japan.
  5. In 1987, he married socialite and former radio disc jockey Akie Matsuzaki. They had no children together.
  6. From July 18, 1993 to October 20, 1991, he was a member of the house of representatives from Yamaguchi, Japan.
  7. From September 20, 2006 to September 26, 2007, he was Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party president.
  8. From September 26, 2006 to September 26, 2007, he was the prime minister of Japan.
  9. From October 31, 2005 to September 2006, he was Japan’s chief cabinet secretary.
  10. From September 26, 2012 to September 14, 2020, he was Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party president again.
  11. From December 26, 2012 to September 16, 2020, he served as the prime minister of Japan again, making him the county’s longest-serving prime minister. He resigned due to health reasons.
  12. On April 28, 2021, he tweeted a photo of himself with five pineapples, which went viral. On March 1, 2021, China banned pineapples, urging Japan to import 6,000 of pineapples from Taiwan.
  13. At 11:30 a.m. on July 8, 2022, he was delivering a campaign speech near Yamato-Saidaiji Station in Nara City, Japan when he was fatally shot from behind by Tetsuya Yamagami, then 41, of Nara City. He was rushed to the Nara Medical University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 5:03 p.m. He died at the age of 67.
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