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> I believe we can now finally work together to change the constitution.>> Abe wants to revise Japan's postwar constitution, imposed by the US, and clarify the military's ambiguous status. It technically bans the maintenance of armed forces, but it's been interpreted to allow Japan's so-called self-defense force.
>> On Thursday, he cruised to victory in his party's leadership vote, extending his term in office by another three years. That allows him to push ahead with some of his more controversial plans.
However, before he chases his dream, Abe's got some more immediate challenges. Next week, he'll likely have to face US President Donald Trump at the UN General Assembly. And Trump's not happy about America's $69 billion deficit with Japan.>> Obviously, we buy a lot of things from Japan, particular, automobiles.
We'll have to talk about that.>> Nearly two-thirds of that is from imported Japanese autos and Trump's thinking about targeting them with tariffs. Abe also needs to keep the economy on track and he's got fewer ways to do it. After years of heavy money printing, the Bank of Japan doesn't have much ammunition left.
Fiscal spending is tight, too. Japan faces huge public debt and rising social welfare costs for a population that's aging quickly. And while reshaping the constitution is Abe's end goal, it's also a politically risky move. The Japanese public is divided over any change. And it'll be a blow to relations with China and the Koreas, who are victims of Japanese colonialism.