Japanese Top Minister Shinzo Abe says he’ll step down as a consequence of his health.
Some key dates in his life and occupation:
Sept. 21, 1954 — Shinzo Abe is born to parents who both came from political families, and his father, Shintaro Abe, later modified into international minister.
1977 — Graduated from Seikei College in Tokyo.
1979 — Starts working at Kobe Metal.
1993 — First elected as legislator from the southwestern prefecture of Yamaguchi.
2005 — Appointed chief Cupboard secretary below Top Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
2006 — Is elected chief of the governing Liberal Democratic party, making him high minister.
2007 — Resigns as high minister, citing health reasons.
2012 — Starts his 2d stint as high minister.
2013 — Embarks on his “Abenomics” policies to reduction boost through easy lending and structural reforms.
2017 and 2019 — Holds meetings with U.S. President Donald Trump, at the side of golf.
Aug. 24, 2020 — Turns into Japan’s longest-serving high minister by consecutive days in region of job, surpassing his astronomical uncle.
Aug. 28, 2020 — Abe announces he’ll step down, citing health reasons.