Abe Declares Bid for Another Term as Ruling Party Chief

Politics

Tarumizu, Kagoshima Pref., Aug. 26 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday announced plans to run in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's leadership election next month for a third consecutive three-year term as LDP chief.

Speaking to reporters in Tarumizu, Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, Abe, 63, touted the achievements he made in economic and foreign policies during his tenure of over five years.

"I'm determined to remain at the helm of Japan for three more years as LDP president and prime minister," Abe said.

Referring to next year's abdication of Emperor Akihito and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, he said the country will experience a major turning point in its history.

"I'll lead new nation-building efforts going into a new era beyond Heisei," he said, referring to the name of the current era set to end with the Emperor's abdication scheduled for April 30 next year.

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