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Abe resigns: Japan's longest-serving leader leaves behind much unfinished business

Key projects like the Olympics, revision of pacifist Constitution still unfinished

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will soon leave office with the proud legacy of having become the nation's longest-serving leader but reluctantly, with plenty of unfinished business.

Still, he can look back on a host of major coups, including the pivotal role he played in leading the revised Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade pact to fruition after the pullout of the United States.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 29, 2020, with the headline Abe resigns: Japan's longest-serving leader leaves behind much unfinished business. Subscribe