Profile: Japan's controversial, shrewd and ambitious Shinzo Abe

His flagship project, dubbed "Abenomics", is pitched as a three-pronged strategy to lift Japan's eco

Shinzo Abe

As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe campaigns in a snap election, he looks set to enter into an unprecedented third term in office, and become Japan’s longest serving postwar prime minister. So who is he? What is the secret to his success? And why is he both so fervently supported an – and intensely hated? Even before he became prime minister, Abe was notorious for his family links to a suspected war criminal, Kishi Nobusuke, and for his dubious connections with groups on Japan’s political far right. Since his first stint in office (2006-7), he has been at the ...