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Japanese PM Abe wins rare second term

Abe wins second term and that's good for Japan: Pro

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has won a rare second term as the head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and thus premier.

Abe, who took office in December 2012, was the only candidate to register for a LDP leadership election, meaning he gets another three-year term as party chief, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so in more than a decade, Reuters reported.

Japan has had a series of revolving-door leaders, beginning with Abe's own troubled first 2006-2007 term, after maverick Junichiro Koizumi's five-year stint as premier from 2001-2006, the newswire added.

Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.
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Abe's policy team has pledged to refocus on the faltering economy after spending political capital this past year pushing unpopular legislation, expected to pass this month, that could let Japanese troops fight overseas for the first time since World War Two.

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In a statement ahead of the party poll, Abe said he would deepen public debate on revising Japan's post-war, pacifist constitution with an aim to changing the charter. Surveys show many Japanese voters are wary of revising the constitution's pacifist Article 9.

He also said his priority would remain the economy.