In the past ten years, Japan has gone through approximately seven prime ministers. Most of them have lasted a year, or less. Some foods have a longer shelf life.

The question is inevitable: if each of these prime ministers were food, what kind of food would they be? I used the statistics at Stilltasty.com to find out.

Prime Minister Yoshihiro Mori
2000-2001
386 Days, or 55 Weeks

Yoshihiro Mori

Parmesan Cheese Block, Wrapped

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi
2001-2006
1,979 Days, or 282 Weeks

Junichiro Koizumi

Corn, Canned

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
2006-2007
365 Days

Shinzo Abe

Ketchup, Commercially Bottled, Unopened

Prime Minister Yasao Fukuda
2007-2008
364 Days, or 52 Weeks

Yasuo Fukuda

Barbeque Sauce, Commercially Bottled, Unopened

Prime Minister Taro Aso
2008-2009
357 Days, or 51 Weeks

Barbeque Sauce, Commercially Bottled, Unopened

Mayonnaise, Commercially Bottled, Unopened

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama
2009-2010
262 Days, or 37 weeks, 2 Days

Yukio Hatoyama

Peanuts, Commercially Bagged, In Shell

Prime Minister Naoto Kan
2010 – ?
49 Days, or 7 Weeks

Naoto Kan

To be determined.

At this point in time, Japanese prime ministers could best be compared to aged cheeses, canned vegetables, condiments, and dry snacks.

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A contributor and editor at the blog War Is Boring, Kyle Mizokami started Japan Security Watch in 2010 to further understand Japan's defenses and security policy.
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