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Shinzo Abe Fast Facts

By CNN Library
December 18, 2014 -- Updated 2320 GMT (0720 HKT)

(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Personal:
Birth date: September 21, 1954

Birth place: Nagato, Japan

Father: Shintaro Abe, former Secretary General of the LDP

Marriage: Akie Abe (1987-present)

Education: Seiki University, B.S. in Political Science, 1977. He also studied at the University of Southern California.

Other Facts:
He was Japan's first prime minister born after WWII.

1957-1960 - His grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, is Japan's prime minister.

1964-1972 - His great uncle, Eisuke Sato, is prime minister. Sato is also a Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

Timeline:
1977-1979 - Travels to the United States to study politics at the University of Southern California.

1993 - Abe is elected to Japan's House of Representatives.

1999 - Becomes director of the Committee on Health and Welfare and also director of the Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) Social Affairs Division.

2000-2003 - Is the deputy chief cabinet secretary of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

2005-2006 - Chief cabinet secretary of the LDP.

September 26, 2006-September 25, 2007 - Prime minister of Japan.

March 1, 2007 - Abe sparks controversy by his claims that the foreign "comfort women" who staffed Japanese military brothels during World War II were not coerced into the work. He apologizes on March 26.

September 12, 2007 - Abe announces his resignation.

September 13, 2007 - Hospitalized at Keio University Hospital for gastrointestinal inflammation caused by exhaustion and stress.

September 25, 2007 - Abe dissolves his cabinet - Yasuo Fukuda becomes prime minister.

September 26, 2012 - Wins a run-off election for the leadership of the LDP.

December 16, 2012 - The Liberal Democratic Party wins a landslide victory in elections.

December 26, 2012 - Is elected prime minister by the Japanese parliament.

December 26, 2013 - Visits a controversial war shrine in Tokyo, igniting a firestorm of criticism and condemnation among neighboring countries. The Yasukuni Shrine is regarded by China, North Korea and South Korea as a symbol of Japan's imperial military past.

December 14, 2014 - Wins a landslide victory in his re-election.

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