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Shinzo Abe tied Taro Katsura as the nation’s longest-serving prime minister Tuesday, with a total of 2,886 days in office.

Nearly seven years into his current tenure, which began in 2012 and followed a stint from 2006 to 2007, Abe is set to break Katsura’s century-old record on Wednesday at a time when myriad challenges lie ahead, most recently a controversy over a publicly funded cherry blossom-viewing party.

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