Moments from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's career(35 images)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his resignation from the office on Friday, citing health reasons. The nation's longest-serving prime minister, Abe, 65, said he will remain until a successor is found. Here's a look back at his political career.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (L) and Prime Minister Abe review a military honor guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on October 8, 2006. Abe, the first Japanese leader to visit Beijing since 2001, arrived for a summit with Chinese leaders, seeking a thaw in ties chilled by wartime history and to consult on North Korea's nuclear threat. Photo by Stephen Shaver/UPI | License Photo
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