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Abe keen to add island return to legacy list entering year seven

Japanese prime minister keeps plate full to avoid lame-duck status

Abe wants to cement his legacy on constitutional reform and a resolution to territorial disputes with Russia, but he will need a strong economy to do so.

TOKYO -- As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe enters his seventh year in office, he is zeroing in on revising the postwar constitution and resolving a territorial dispute with Russia as a way to leave an enduring legacy.

Abe's current term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party ends in September 2021. He will become Japan's longest-serving postwar prime minister next year, counting his first stint in office, and surpass his great-uncle Eisaku Sato for the longest continuous term in August 2020, after the Tokyo Summer Olympics. By the time he leaves office, he will have earned the title of Japan's longest-serving prime minister. 

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