Japan re-elects Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Hannah Gabel, Staff Writer
On Oct. 22, Japan re-elected its Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. Samuel Osborne, a writer for The Independent, took note of Abe’s promises to his country, detailing his plans on how he hopes to improve the safety of the Japanese people.
Abe won the election in a landslide, predicting many future victories to come. With this largely successful victory, Abe can work toward the ideas he is passionate about. Abe can focus his efforts on defending Japanese citizens from outside threats, as well as help secure funding towards important programs throughout the country.
With the nuclear threat of North Korea felt around the world, Abe has taken a stance in defending Japanese citizens. As Osborne states in his article, “Mr. Abe said he is committed to protecting the Japanese people’s prosperity and peace under all circumstances, and specifically referred to individual Japanese citizens who are believed to have been abducted and held by North Korea.” Abe certainly seems to strive toward obtaining the best for his country and the residents within, standing up against threats from combative countries.
Abe intends to invest money in various Japanese government programs such as education. Osborne notes that “Abe also promised a comprehensive package by the end of the year to deal with Japan’s demographic challenges, including investments in education, productivity improvements and pension system reform.”
One dream Abe has is to amend a clause of Japan’s constitution. Shortly after World War II, a clause was added to the Japanese constitution to keep Japanese military forces to a minimum and only to be used when absolutely necessary. However, the argument is cropping up that it might be necessary for Japan to change this as the rule is now seen as unrealistic.
“The charter renounces the use of force in international conflicts and limits Japan’s troops to self-defense, despite the fact Japan has a well-equipped modern military that works closely with the U.S.,” Osborne says.
While Abe has large dreams for how he’ll be able to shape his country’s future, there will be no immediate changes. The goals he is striving toward would be a long process to be able to achieve. Rewriting parts of Japan’s constitution is not an overnight process, and would take repeated votes to pass, and even longer to implement. With such a controversial, debatable topic such as changes to the armed forces, it would take a long time for people to see a need for change, if they even have a reason to do so. However, when it comes to Abe’s other goals of funding and helping to improve education programs, is predicted to be far easier to achieve, as it is a universally agreeable necessity. The outlook of Abe’s continued position in office appears positive as citizens look forward to the changes he will make and influence he will have on Japanese society.