End of a political era in Japan

Shinzo Abe's exit: Sun sets on a political dynasty in Japan

Political families are common in Japan, with 40 per cent of parliamentarians hailing from such households. Abe himself is the son and grandson of politicians. But the self-made Suga may mark a new era, having hauled himself up by his boot-straps.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bowing to the Japanese flag in the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo on Aug 28 before he announced that he would resign.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe bowing to the Japanese flag in the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo on Aug 28 before he announced that he would resign.PHOTO: AFP

Look no further than outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for proof that political dynasties have long been entrenched in Japan.

His late maternal grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, was prime minister from 1957 to 1960. This was followed by great-uncle Eisaku Sato, who led from 1964 to 1972.

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