Abe becomes 2nd-longest serving PM

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a parliamentary session at the Lower House in Tokyo on February 18, 2019. Abe declined a comment about the recommendation of U.S. President Donald Trump for Nobel Peace prize. Abe said the Nobel committee has never disclosed the identity of the person behind nominations. ( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe became Japan’s second-longest continuously serving prime minister Thursday, counting days from the start of his second administration in December 2012, surpassing Shigeru Yoshida’s 2,248 consecutive days.

The current longest continuously serving prime minister is Eisaku Sato, who served 2,798 days. If Abe stays in office until Aug. 24, 2020, he will surpass Sato for the longest continuous run as prime minister.

Abe is expected to reach a total of 2,616 days in office including the days of his first administration on Friday, equaling Shigeru Yoshida’s fourth-largest total of days.

Pre-World War II Prime Minister Taro Katsura served for a record of 2,886 days in total, though not consecutively.

“I honestly feel that seven years have quickly passed since the administration was formed. While listening to public opinion, we’d like to address many challenges,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said during a press conference Wednesday.

By News Desk