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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

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's secure but spotty legacy as Japan's longest-serving leader'. Subscribe