Abe heads for third three-year term
TOKYO, Sept 15, (AP): Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears headed for a third three-year term as ruling party leader, extending his hold on power and giving him time to pursue a long-cherished goal – revising his country’s post-World War II constitution.
Abe reportedly has the support of a large majority of party representatives ahead of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s Sept 20 leadership vote.
“I will take on the task of revising the constitution, a postwar challenge that has never been achieved, in order to open a new era,” Abe said Friday in a televised debate with his only challenger, former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba.
The 63 year-old Abe, prime minister since December 2012, is poised to become Japan’s longest-serving leader with a third term.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday he will meet again this year for more talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Putin’s proposal for the two countries to sign a peace treaty and discuss the status of disputed islands.