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PM Abe hints at plan for long lasting administration in policy speech

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggested his strong desire to maintain the current administration under his premiership in his policy speech to open an extraordinary Diet session on Sept. 26, using the word, "future," multiple times.

"We are going to unlock the future of our country. It's time to make a new start for Japan to become the best country to live in and the most reliable country in the world," Abe said, addressing the Diet.

Prime Minister Abe's tenure as the president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party is to expire in September 2018, but calls to extend his term are growing within the party. In what may appear to be his response to the intraparty debate on the matter, Abe emphasized that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics "must be carried out successfully" and that the games will be "the best (sporting) event in the world." He then stressed his plan to work on reforms with an eye on the post-Tokyo Olympics period.

The ruling coalition's continuing lead is expected in this Diet session. In his speech, Prime Minister Abe pledged to bring good results to his government's reform plans based on the stable political platform. Abe's plan for a long lasting administration may depend on whether he can present achievements with his key policies, such as his "Abenomics" economic policy mix and working environment reform, so that people can actually feel the benefit.

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