Japanese PM wins second consecutive term

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wins rare second consecutive term after only potential rival for of ruling party chief fails to register

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Protesters holding placards take part in a rally to support Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's security bills, in central Tokyo, Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a rare second consecutive term on Tuesday, after his only potential rival for the post of ruling party chief failed to gain enough sponsors to register for the race.

Abe, who took office in December 2012, was the only candidate to register for a ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leadership election, meaning he gets another three-year term as party chief and hence, premier, becoming the first Japanese leader to do so in more than a decade.

Abe's policy team has pledged to refocus on the country's 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.