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A Timeline of the Career of Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe during a news conference in Tokyo. 

Shinzo Abe during a news conference in Tokyo. 

Photographer: Akio Kon/Bloomberg
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Tokyo (AP) -- Born into a prominent political family, Shinzo Abe, who was fatally shot at a campaign event Friday in western Japan, had been the country’s longest-serving prime minister.

While credited with bringing a degree of stability to Japan following a period of economic malaise and constant turnover among leaders, Abe angered neighbors South Korea and China — along with many Japanese — with his nationalistic rhetoric and calls to revise the country’s pacifist constitution.