Shinzo Abe was born in Tokyo, Japan, Japan, is Prime Minister, Japan. Shinzo Abe is #37 in Most Powerful People In The World. Shinzo Abe has been Japan's prime minister since 2012. He previously held the role from 2006-2007 before resigning unexpectedly. Hailing from a politically connected family (his grandfather and great uncle both served as prime minister) Abe began his career in Japan's lower house of parliament, and has been steadily climbing the ranks since. Since regaining the prime ministership in 2012 he has employed a set of economic policies dubbed "Abenomics," and has pumped billions of dollars into Japan's economy to kick-start growth. Although the remedy isn't working quite as well as he'd like, "Teflon Abe" remains widely popular.