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PM Abe to officially announce candidacy in LDP leadership race in Kagoshima on Aug. 26

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (Mainichi)

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to officially announce his intention to run in the upcoming Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) presidential election during his stay in Kagoshima Prefecture on Aug. 26.

Abe apparently chose to announce his candidacy in a regional area to emphasize that he attaches importance to vitalizing local economies.

The Sept. 20 leadership election will be a one-on-one contest between Abe and former LDP Secretary-General Shigeru Ishiba. Campaigning for the race will kick off on Sept. 7.

Hakubun Shimomura, secretary-general of an LDP intraparty faction led by former party secretary-general Hiroyuki Hosoda, of which Abe is a member, disclosed the prime minister's planned move in a meeting with reporters at the party's headquarters on Aug. 24.

Abe intends to express his decision to reporters with Mount Sakurajima, a volcano, in the background, after visiting a fishing port in Tarumizu, Kagoshima Prefecture, on Aug. 26.

(Japanese original by Akira Murao, Political News Department)

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