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First in a series of six

Until a year ago, Japan had enjoyed nearly eight years of unprecedented political stability under the rule of then-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Before that, the world’s third largest economy had undergone political tumult, doing away with six prime ministers in as many years. After returning to power in 2012, Abe was able to restore and maintain power partly after cementing his position within the Liberal Democratic Party, with virtually nobody being able to challenge him.

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