Shinzo Abe’s widow is Akie Abe. Akie completed her elementary and high school education at the exclusive Roman Catholic Sacred Heart School in Tokyo before earning her degree from the Sacred Heart Professional Training College. Before marrying Shinzo Abe in 1987, Abe eventually worked for Dentsu Inc., the biggest advertising agency in the world.

Abe was a radio host in her husband’s hometown of Shimonoseki in the late 1990s. She was well-liked in the broadcast industry and went by the jockey moniker “Akky.” Due to her strong opinions, which frequently opposed those of her husband, she earned the nickname “domestic opposition party” in the public eye.

She marched in Tokyo’s gay pride parade on April 27, 2014, to encourage increased rights for the LGBT community there. She was pictured in 2015 supporting the resurgence of cannabis culture in Japan while posing in the field of cannabis plants.


Akie Abe
Akie Abe

Abe was the first Japanese prime minister’s spouse to actively use social media. She was especially active personally on Facebook and Instagram, but after the Moritomo Gakuen scandal, she drastically reduced her social media use and changed the tone of her posts.

Akie Abe Parents: Akio Matsuzaki and Emiko Matsuzaki

Akie Abe is the daughter of the former president of Morinaga & Co., which happens to be one of Japan’s largest confectionery companies, Akio Matsuzaki and Emiko Matsuzaki.


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