Abe pledges to win elections at Liberal Democratic Party meet

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during the Liberal Democratic Party’s annual party convention at a Tokyo hotel Sunday.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged members of his Liberal Democratic Party during its annual party convention on Sunday to enhance their solidarity for victory in the unified local elections scheduled in April.

"Let's win the unified local elections to ensure the dawn of Japan, which has been moved from dusk to a fresh morning," Abe said at a Tokyo hotel, stressing his intention to promote the vitalization of the Japanese economy as well as the development of legal arrangements on national security.

Referring to his Abenomics package of economic policies, the prime minister acknowledged that some people still cannot feel the fruits of economic recovery.

"But there's no doubt that the 'three arrows' [of his economic package] have been working," he said.

"I would like to advance my growth strategy further and further by taking on the challenge of implementing the largest reform since the end of World War II."

Abe also expressed his willingness to materialize new, seamless legal arrangements on national security.

"I will resolutely achieve what I must do without flinching at irresponsible criticism that [new security laws] will draw Japan into war or lead to the resumption of military conscription," the prime minister said.

At the convention, the LDP also adopted the 2015 party position, which includes drawing up a constitutional amendment proposal as well as promoting a campaign to increase supporters for the constitutional amendment, in light of the fact that this year marks the 60th anniversary of the inauguration of the party.