Prime Minister Shinzo Abe answers questions in brief, on-the-spot interviews with beat reporters far less frequently than before, according to journalists who have intensively covered the country’s longest-serving prime minister.

Abe markedly changed the way he presents himself to the media from his first to second stint as prime minister, slashing the number of questions he answers during burasagari briefings while boosting his use of social media, said the current and former prime minister beat reporters.

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