Abe adviser: Japan to strengthen roles to counter threats from North Korea

Jiji Press WASHINGTON (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to bolster Japan’s capabilities and roles to counter increased threats from North Korea, his adviser said Wednesday.

Abe believes North Korea has become a new level of threat and less predictable due to its latest missile launches and the killing of Kim Jong Nam, Katsuyuki Kawai, special adviser to the prime minister, said in a speech at the Hudson Institute, a Washington think tank.

As the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump reviews his country’s North Korea policy, Japan will consult with the United States and further strengthen its capabilities and roles, Kawai quoted Abe as saying.

He also said Abe is expected to remain in office until 2021 if his Liberal Democratic Party wins the next general election because there are no signs that powerful rivals to him will emerge both within the LDP and opposition parties.

The LDP recently extended the maximum tenure of its president to three consecutive three-year terms from the current two, paving the way for Abe to run in the next party leadership election for a third term ending in 2021.Speech

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