Shinzo Abe, who is a member of a prominent political family, is the first Japanese prime minister born after World War II. He studied at Seikei University in Tokyo before attending the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He entered the political world in 1982 and took office as Japan’s seventh prime minister in December 2012.
Following are 15 quotes from Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Let’s read on.
“To serve as prime minister while being too mindful of the approval rating is like serving as a prime minister on a roller coaster. What is important, I believe, is that I really act on promises that I make and leave results. Leave a track record and show that to the Japanese public, who will, at the end of the day, I hope, appreciate it.”
“Our country has become an affluent country. Recalling defeat 60 years ago, I paid homage and respect to the people who sacrificed their lives for this country.”
“I have to express sympathy from the bottom of my heart to those people who were taken as wartime comfort women. As a human being, I would like to express my sympathies, and also as prime minister of Japan I need to apologize to them.”
“There’s no change to our view that mild deflation lingers, though we are seeing some signs of improvement.”
“As an individual and politician I have visited the shrine. I want to continue to maintain the feelings that I have had until now.”
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“I have experienced failure as a politician and for that very reason, I am ready to give everything for Japan.”
“We did well considering the winds were against us. It’s still possible to run a stable government.”
“The 20th century was a century in which human rights were infringed upon in numerous parts of the world, and Japan also bears responsibility in that regard. I believe that we have to look at our own history with humility and think about our responsibility.”
“We are not in a situation yet where we can change the view that mild deflation persists.”
“It is important to explain fully to the local areas with sincerity. We will also think, of course, about the development promotion of the communities.”
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“Efforts to ease regulations and reform the nation’s tax system have helped put this self-sustaining recovery on track, … The numbers prove our policies have not been wrong.”
“I have not been told where to go yet. But no matter what the position is, I’m determined to accomplish Japan’s reform and create a Japan we can be proud of.”
“We aim to achieve general progress in relations between North Korea and Japan.”
“We anticipate the Japanese economy will continue its mild recovery. I am extremely delighted the reforms have produced definite results.”
“But I think there is a widespread opinion that the support system for athletes should be more firmly established.”
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