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Abe in need of landslide to keep grip on party

Prime minister confirms bid for another term as LDP leader

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, speaks in Yamaguchi Prefecture as his rival Shigeru Ishiba speaks in Tottori Prefecture, both on Saturday. 

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made clear on Saturday that he is seeking another term as ruling party leader, setting up what looks to be a one-on-one contest with former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba.

While all indications point to an Abe win, the prime minister needs an overwhelming victory to avoid losing momentum for his policy agenda.

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