Father: Shintaro Abe, former Secretary General of the LDP (Liberal Democratic Party)
Marriage: Akie (Matsuzaki) Abe (1987-present)
Education: Seiki University, B.S. in Political Science, 1977. He also studied at the University of Southern California.
He was Japan’s first prime minister born after WWII.
His grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, was Japan’s prime minister from 1957 to 1960.
1977-1979 – Travels to the United States to study politics at the University of Southern California.
1993 – Abe is elected to Japan’s House of Representatives.
1999 – Becomes director of the Committee on Health and Welfare and also director of the LDP’s Social Affairs Division.
2000-2003 – Is the deputy chief cabinet secretary of the LDP.
2005-2006 – Chief cabinet secretary of the LDP.
September 26, 2006-September 25, 2007 – Prime minister of Japan.
March 1, 2007 – Abe sparks controversy by his claims that the foreign “comfort women” who staffed Japanese military brothels during World War II were not coerced into the work. He apologizes on March 26.
September 12, 2007 – Abe announces his resignation.
September 13, 2007 – Hospitalized at Keio University Hospital for gastrointestinal inflammation caused by exhaustion and stress.
September 25, 2007 – Abe dissolves his cabinet. Yasuo Fukuda becomes prime minister.
September 26, 2012 – Wins a run-off election for the leadership of the LDP.
December 16, 2012 – The Liberal Democratic Party wins a landslide victory in elections.
September 8, 2015 – Is re-elected president of the Liberal Democratic Party.