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Japan's Abe aims for constitution change in bid for extended term

Monday, 10 September 2018 World


TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, eyeing a historic extended term, reaffirmed on Monday his resolve to revise the nation’s post-war, pacifist constitution and said he hoped his party could submit a proposal to parliament later this year.

Abe, who returned to office in December 2012 pledging to bolster defenses and reboot the economy, is widely expected to defeat his rival, former defense minister Shigeru Ishiba, in a Sept. 20 election for leader of his Liberal Democratic Party.

Victory would give him another three-year term as LDP head and set him on track to become Japan’s longest serving premier, given the LDP-led ruling coalition’s grip on parliament. 

Japan's Abe aims for constitution change in bid for extended term