TIMELINE: Former Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Kyodo News

Posted at Jul 08 2022 05:36 PM | Updated as of Jul 08 2022 05:47 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at headquarters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in Tokyo, Japan, on October 23, 2017. Kimimasa Mayama, EPA-EFE/file
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a news conference at headquarters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in Tokyo, Japan, on October 23, 2017. Kimimasa Mayama, EPA-EFE/file

The following is a chronology of major events related to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who was shot by a gunman Friday in western Japan.

Sept. 21, 1954 -- Born in Tokyo.

April 1979 -- Begins working at Kobe Steel Ltd.

Nov. 1982 -- Begins working as a secretary for his father Shintaro Abe, then foreign minister.

July 18, 1993 -- Elected to the House of Representatives.

Sept. 21, 2003 -- Becomes the secretary general of the Liberal Democratic Party.

Oct. 31, 2005 -- Becomes chief Cabinet secretary under then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

Sept. 20, 2006 -- Becomes president of the LDP after its leadership election.

Sept. 26 -- Appointed as Japan's 90th prime minister.

July 29, 2007 -- Presides over the LDP's crushing defeat in the House of Councillors election.

Sept. 12 -- Announces his intention to resign as prime minister.

Sept. 26, 2012 -- Returns to the LDP presidency after its leadership election.

Dec. 16 -- Oversees the LDP's regaining of a majority in the lower house election.

Dec. 26 -- Takes office as Japan's 96th prime minister.

Dec. 26, 2013 -- Visits war-linked Yasukuni Shrine, becoming first prime minister to do so in seven years, triggering criticism from Japan's neighbors and disappointment by the United States.

Dec. 24, 2014 -- Appointed as Japan's 97th prime minister.

Sept. 19, 2015 -- Japan enacts security legislation aimed at expanding the scope of the Self-Defense Forces' operations overseas.

May 27, 2016 -- U.S. President Barack Obama visits Hiroshima with Abe.

May 3, 2017 -- Abe unveils a plan to seek a first-ever change to the pacifist Constitution.

Nov. 1 -- Appointed as Japan's 98th prime minister.

March 28, 2018 -- Abe apologizes after the Finance Ministry falsified documents related to the heavily discounted sale of state land to school operator Moritomo Gakuen, linked to his wife.

Sept. 20 -- Secures a third consecutive term as LDP leader.

Nov. 14 -- Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin agree to accelerate talks to conclude a peace treaty between the two countries, hampered by a long-standing territorial dispute.

Aug. 24, 2020 -- Becomes Japan's longest-serving prime minister in terms of consecutive days in office.

Aug. 28, 2020 -- Announces resignation as prime minister due to a flare-up of his chronic intestinal disease.

Nov. 11, 2021 -- Becomes head of the LDP's largest faction.

July 8, 2022 -- Dies after being attacked by a gunman during election campaign in Nara Prefecture.