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Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto indicated his desire June 19 to be re-elected head of the Liberal Democratic Party and stay on for another two-year term beyond the Sept. 30 end of his current term.

He was speaking at a press conference held shortly before he departed aboard a government jet for Denver, where he will attend a weekend summit of the Group of Seven countries and Russia. Hashimoto repeatedly said his mission is to address a variety of important issues until the end of his term in September, and that he “does not have room” to think about the future beyond that.

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