Last week Shinzo Abe was reelected as a president of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party. This victory has set Abe on course to become the longest ruling Japanese Prime Minister. Abe took 553 out of 807 votes, more than a comfortable win.
One of the first world leaders to congratulate Abe on the win was Donald Trump. The US President ensured that will continue working together with Japan and greeted him on behalf of all Americans. Thus it is no surprise that Abe met with Trump right after his domestic victory. The two leaders met in New York and had “very constructive” constructive discussion on trade and investment.
President Trump tweeted on September 24, 2018 at 01:48AM:
Prime Minster @AbeShinzo is coming up to Trump Tower for dinner but, most importantly, he just had a great landslide victory in Japan. I will congratulate him on behalf of the American people!
Abe kicked off the 5 day US trip full of meetings. He will discuss a range of questions related to international issues, including Syrian civil war, Rohingya refugee crisis, North Korean denuclearization and U.N. sustainable development goals and climate change.
Abe’s victory means that he will most likely continue to push for loosening of post war shakles on the self defense forces. The Prime Minister is known in Japan for his position on reestablishment of Japan’s military, widely known as self-defense force. This position is viewed as controversial given Japan’s past history.