Abe to Tackle Diplomatic Challenges for Political Legacy

Politics

Tokyo, July 25 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will tackle diplomatic challenges, including abductions of Japanese nationals by North Korea and a territorial dispute with Russia, after securing victory in Sunday's House of Councillors election.

Abe, who will become the longest-serving prime minister in Japan if he stays in power until November, apparently hopes to shape his political legacy by resolving these long-standing issues.

The focus is whether Abe can pave the way to the resolution before his term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party ends in September 2021. Opportunities abound this year, including diplomatic events, between August and October.

On Tuesday, Abe held a ministerial meeting to prepare for the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD VII, slated for late August in Yokohama, south of Tokyo.

He also held talks with visiting Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, president-elect of the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly, which will start in mid-September.

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