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.
Shinzo Abe, then-deputy secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party, speaks to the media after a four-day trip to India at the LDP head office in Tokyo on March 23, 2005. He emphasized the importance of better relations with India. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI
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
Abe answers reporters' question during the ballot-counting ceremony for the parliamentary lower house elections in Tokyo on December 16, 2012. Abe's party regained rule of the country after defeat in 2009. Photo by Keizo Mori/UPI