Akie Abe

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Akie Abe
安倍 昭恵
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Akie Abe in 2007
Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan
Assumed office
26 December 2012
Monarch Akihito
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Preceded by Hitomi Noda
In office
26 September 2006 – 26 September 2007
Monarch Akihito
Prime Minister Shinzō Abe
Preceded by Chieko Mori
Succeeded by Kiyoko Fukuda
Personal details
Born 松崎昭恵 (Matsuzaki Akie?)
(1962-06-10) June 10, 1962 (age 54)
Tokyo, Japan
Political party Liberal Democratic Party of Japan
Spouse(s) Shinzō Abe
Relations Akio Matsuzaki and Emiko Matsuzaki
Residence Shimonoseki, Japan
Alma mater Sacred Heart Professional Training College
Rikkyo University
Occupation Housewife
radio disc jockey
Religion Roman Catholicism

Akie Abe (安倍 昭恵 Abe Akie?, born June 10, 1962) is the wife of Shinzō Abe, the current Prime Minister of Japan.


Born Akie Matsuzaki (松崎昭恵 Matsuzaki Akie?), Akie is regarded as a socialite. She is from a wealthy Japanese family; her father is the former president of Morinaga & Co., one of Japan's largest confectionery companies. She was educated at Sacred Heart School in Tokyo (or Seishin Joshi Gakuin), a Roman Catholic private elementary through high school, then graduated from Sacred Heart Professional Training College. Akie received a master's degree in Social Design Studies from the Rikkyo University in March 2011.[citation needed]

Abe later worked for Dentsu Inc., the world's largest advertising agency, before marrying Shinzo Abe in 1987. She is popularly known as the "domestic opposition party" due to her outspoken views, which often contradict her husband's. Following her husband's first stint as prime minister, she opened an organic izakaya in the Kanda district of Tokyo, but is not active in management due to the urging of her mother-in-law.[1] The couple have no children, having undergone unsuccessful fertility treatments earlier in their marriage.[2]


In the late 1990s, Abe worked as a radio disc jockey in her husband's hometown of Shimonoseki. She was popular in the broadcast area and was known by her jockey name, "Akky". She is also a fan of South Korean soap operas and actors Bae Yong-joon and Park Yong-ha.[3]

Activism for LGBT rights[edit]

Abe is a supporter of sexual minorities and the LGBT community. On April 27, 2014, she joined the gay pride parade in Tokyo to show her support for broader rights to Japan's LGBT community.[4]


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