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    Abe Aims to Rewrite Japan Constitution as He Seeks 3rd Term

    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 ó 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.

    He reportedly has the support of 70 percent of the 405 parliament members from his party, and is expected to win about 60 percent of the other 405 votes allocated to regional rank-and-file members, according to media surveys.

    With Abe's victory widely expected, the focus has shifted to who will get key party posts and Cabinet appointments, and his possible successor.

    A revision to the U.S.-drafted 1947 constitution is a decades-old pledge of the Liberal Democratic Party that none of Abe's predecessors has been able to achieve. They include Abe's grandfather, former Prime Minister Nobusuke Kishi, who saw the constitution as a humiliation imposed on Japan following its World War II defeat.

    Abe said earlier this week that he hoped his party could submit a draft constitutional revision to a parliamentary session later this year.

    He is proposing to add a clause to Article 9, which bans the use of force in settling international disputes. The clause would explicitly permit the existence of Japan's military, known as the Self-Defense Force.

    His coalition government holds the two-thirds majority needed in both houses to approve a national referendum on constitutional amendment, but the issue is controversial and it's unclear whether Abe could get enough votes for passage.

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    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe can breathe a sigh of relief. On Sept. 20, he prevailed over Shigeru Ishiba in the internal Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leadership election. This victory extends his role as both party head and prime minister for three years. Abe won 329 of 402 (82 percent) votes cast by lawmakers and 224 of 405 (55 percent) of votes cast by the party's rank and file — giving him a strong 69 percent of votes overall.

    Abe not only secured a large majority of lawmaker votes but also hit his goal of 55 percent of rank-and-file votes, an accomplishment given that Ishiba won the majority of those when the two last went toe-to-toe in 2012. If he completes his term, Abe will become Japan's longest-serving prime minister — particularly noteworthy given that the average length of a prime minister's tenure since 1989 has been under two years. This means he can hold on to the office at least as long as his counterparts in the United States, South Korea and Russia keep their posts.

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    Give a man an inch and right away he thinks he's a ruler

    Groucho Marx

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    Linus, from the Peanuts comic

    You cannot have liberty without morality and morality without faith

    Alexis de Torqueville

    Those who fail to learn from the past are condemned to repeat it.
    Those who learn from the past are condemned to watch everybody else repeat it

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