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Abe to Run Unopposed in Japan's Ruling Party Election

  • Premier's re-selection as ruling party chief unopposed
  • Passing defense bills would enable Abe to refocus on economy
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Shinzo Abe is on course to become Japan’s longest-serving prime minister in more than four decades after standing unopposed in his ruling party’s leadership election.

Abe’s re-selection Tuesday as president of the Liberal Democratic Party comes as protests flare over unpopular legislation to expand the role of the Japanese military. Abe isn’t required to hold a general election for another three years. If he stays in office until 2018, he would become the third-longest serving prime minister since World War II.