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Abe tamps down idea of fourth term

Prime minister says he will stick to party rules, but some favor an extension

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking at the upper house budget committee, says he will abide by his party's leadership rules. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sought Thursday to quell debate within his Liberal Democratic Party about keeping him at the party's helm beyond his third term ending in 2021, saying that he would follow the rules.

The prime minister's remarks came after some LDP heavyweights supported a fourth term in recent weeks while others expressed reservations about letting a single leader stay in power for so long.

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