Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie Abe arrive for a concert of La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra at the ancient Greek Theatre of Taormina during the G7 summit in Sicily, Italy, on Friday. Photo: Reuters
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Abe becomes Japan's 3rd longest-serving postwar prime minister

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On Thursday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, Abe's right-hand man, said administrations should be judged on what they do

A good point but he might need to rethink that considering the economy is still not "robust" and the working stiff still can't afford many things, like food or housing.

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On Thursday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, Abe's right-hand man, said administrations should be judged on what they do rather than how long they continue.

He's got that right, and judging by the heavy handed way Abe is ruling it wouldn't be surprising for people HERE to consider him one of the, if not most, successful PM's ever.

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I must say that Abe wife Mrs Abe win the best dress and attractive person at the G7

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With two recent school corruption scandals involving Abe and the failure of Abenomics it's time he was kicked out.

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He's done nothing but cause trouble. No progress with people's wages. No progress with women's rights. No progress with North Korea. No progress with his other neighbours, except let Russia walk all over Japan. The only progress he's made is put more controls on the media, and put the country on the path back to the 1930's where all citizens are expected to be obedient to the state. Glad he's not my PM.

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Japanese law sets no limit on how long prime ministers can serve and by convention they are typically leaders of their own parties.

President for life!

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all those people who knock our dear leader, please remember in such a short time he has managed to make one in six children below the poverty line, that is an amazing achievement considering how difficult the fight has been. Good job and thanks Dear Leader!

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Abe is an able shepherd and the Japanese electorate are such willing, mindless, obedient sheep.

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I think he's done a pretty good job of bringing political stability back to Japan. You can moan about the changes he wants to make, but let's be honest he has steadied the ship well. If my memory serves me correctly, we had a new Prime Minister every year between 2007 and 2012 - good on you Mr. Abe !

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bringing political stability back to Japan. 

You mean more effectively lulling the populace into an apathetic stupor.

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njca4 May 28  08:37 pm JST

I think he's done a pretty good job of bringing political stability back to Japan.

No he hasn't. He's avoided getting booted out by conning everyone into thinking he's the best of a bad bunch, whereas in actual fact he's just about the absolute worst.

If my memory serves me correctly, we had a new Prime Minister every year between 2007 and 2012...

I'd rather have five middling to mediocre PMs than one absolutely dreadful one, personally.

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