SHINZO ABE QUOTES

Japanese politician & Prime Minister (1954- )

To serve as prime minister while being too mindful of the approval rating is like serving as a prime minister on a roller coaster. What is important, I believe, is that I really act on promises that I make and leave results.

SHINZO ABE, Talk Asia, Apr. 30, 2007

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While our responses to the problems facing us immediately are also important, we cannot forget to carve out the future of Japan ten or one hundred years into the future. In doing so, we must not resort to superficial measures. Instead, it is imperative to engage in true reforms that ascertain the state of society we seek to achieve.

SHINZO ABE, New Year's Reflection, Jan. 1, 2014

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Thanks to the change in our law, it is now possible for us to make our case on social media, which is important given how difficult it is to get our message across through traditional media. Of course it's a two-way conversation. We need to respond to the messages we get as much as we need to send our own. If we include any wrong facts in our messages there will immediately be someone to fact-check us. I know that whenever I make a mistake on my Facebook account, there are always people who point it out.

SHINZO ABE, Huffington Post, May 9, 2013

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I think it is the responsibility of anyone involved in politics to always think of what Japan can do to contribute more to the peace and stability not just of Japan and the region but of the entire world.

SHINZO ABE, Chicago Tribune, Apr. 23, 2007

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It has been believed for a long time in Japan that things such as the constitution can never be changed. I say we should change our constitution now. The U.S. has amended its constitution six times, but Japan has done it zero times.

SHINZO ABE, Time Magazine, Apr. 28, 2014

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That power is found in the people. I am able to overcome any kind of challenge so long as I am working together with the people.

SHINZO ABE, New Year's Reflection, Jan. 1, 2014

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My basic notion regarding the matter of historical recognition is basically, it's a matter that should be left to the good hands of historians and experts.

SHINZO ABE, Washington Post, Feb. 20, 2013

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I did learn from many mistakes. First and foremost, I learned that it is important to create a wide base of support within the LDP. In forming the cabinet this time, I included almost all the members of the LDP whom I ran against during the party election for president. Also, as a result of the lessons I learned, this time my policy priorities have become very clear. This would include first and foremost restoring a robust economy. I believe this has resulted in the strong support that I am getting from the people.

SHINZO ABE, Washington Post, Feb. 20, 2013

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Our predecessors overcame many troubles and much suffering, but each time got back up stronger than before.

SHINZO ABE, The Telegraph, Mar. 12, 2014

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For China to continue to enjoy economic prosperity, it needs to foster trusting international relationships, not tensions ... and it is important for China to understand this.

SHINZO ABE, Reuters, Jan. 26, 2014

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Because there is a problem that exists, the doors for communication between the two nations should not be closed. Japan always keeps our door for communication open. I'd like China to take the same attitude.

SHINZO ABE, Time Magazine, Apr. 28, 2014

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I believe the Japan-U.S. alliance is the only indispensable alliance, and I'd like to use my visit to further strengthen this relationship.

SHINZO ABE, Chicago Tribune, Apr. 23, 2007

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I paid a visit to Yasukuni Shrine to pray for the souls of those who had fought for the country and made ultimate sacrifices. I have made a pledge never to wage war again, that we must build a world that is free from the sufferings of the devastation of war.

SHINZO ABE, Time Magazine, Apr. 28, 2014

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What is unfortunate, however, is that in the case of China, teaching patriotism is also teaching anti-Japanese sentiment.

SHINZO ABE, Washington Post, Feb. 20, 2013

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The future of Japan's economic growth depends on us having the willpower and the courage to sail without hesitation onto the rough seas of global competition.

SHINZO ABE, New York Times, Mar. 6, 2013

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In the last five years I used to go to Zen practice once a month, but since I assumed the post of prime minister it's been much harder.

SHINZO ABE, Huffington Post, May 9, 2013

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I try to exercise in nature, and I try to play golf once a month. The last time I played golf with my wife, however, she got better scores than me, which became an additional source of stress.

SHINZO ABE, Huffington Post, May 9, 2013

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I am a patriot. I would think there are no politicians who are not patriots. Since I am a politician, I often get criticized, as I try to exercise what I believe to be right. However, if you mind such criticism, I think you can't protect people's lives.

SHINZO ABE, Time Magazine, Apr. 28, 2014

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It has been more than 60 years since the constitution was put in place. There are provisions in the constitution that no longer suit the times. Since the constitution was promulgated, we've seen the emergence of new values, such as privacy, the environment and so on, which need to be incorporated.

SHINZO ABE, Chicago Tribune, Apr. 23, 2007

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I've been explaining that there are three reasons for the idea that we need to revise the constitution. The first is that the current constitution was drafted at the time when Japan was under occupation. And the second is that 60 years have passed since the constitution was promulgated, and we now see parts of the constitution that do not necessarily fit the times. And also, new values have emerged in the meantime. And the third is that, I believe writing our new constitution ourselves will in fact lead to the spirit of trailblazing a new era. And I would like to see to it that the constitution will be amended within my term of office.

SHINZO ABE, Talk Asia, Apr. 30, 2007

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