Japans Abe may seek re-election as LDP leader

Japans Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has suggested that he may seek a third term as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and achieve his long-cherished dream of revising the Constitution, Japanese public broadcasting organization NHK reported.

Abe was speaking at an LDP meeting in Yamaguchi Prefecture on Saturday.

Abe stressed the employment situation in the country has improved under his administration.

He said the ratio of job offers to applicants has exceeded 1.6 and that minimum pay levels have risen by the largest margin since 2002.

Abe said his sense of mission has not changed at all since he ran in the LDP’s presidential election 6 years ago.

He said he will make a final decision on whether to run in this year’s election in September after giving thought to whether he is still mentally and physically strong enough to pursue his mission.

Abe said the time has come to amend the Constitution. He noted that some Japanese school textbooks describe the country’s Self-Defense Forces as unconstitutional.

He said LDP members have the responsibility of putting an end to that situation.

Abe has argued that a clause acknowledging the existence of the Self-Defense Forces should be added to the Constitution.

Source: AZERTAC