Shinzo Abe had a short first term, cut short by health problems, but becoming party leader again in 2012 he went on to have a second term as Prime Minister, proving strong enough to break Japan’s revolving door of prime ministers to become the longest serving. This strength defined his following terms, as he proved tough the issue on Japanese abductees taken by North Korea, an issue that had fallen from the limelight somewhat. Likewise he passed secrecy and security acts which helped to bolster national security, protecting Japan's diplomacy, public safety and minimising terrorism, Abe also fostered increasingly good security relations with the US during his tenure. Economically Abe was pragmatic and risk-taking, and although he proved divisive toward the end of his leadership as a result, you can't become the longest serving prime minister without doing something right. Japan is a country of social stability, comparative equality, continued economic growth, high employment, it is safe, stable, and has a strong middle class, all signs of good leadership.