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Abe rival Ishiba says differences lie in 'political style'

Ruling party leadership candidate says Japan must prepare social security for 2040

Former Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba is challenging Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for leadership of the Liberal Democratic Party.

TOKYO -- This month's campaign for leadership of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party will be fought over the "political style" of economic policy and party management, candidate Shigeru Ishiba said in an interview on Tuesday.

"As LDP members, the things we aim for can't be that different," Ishiba, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's sole challenger and former defense minister and LDP secretary-general, told Nikkei. "But the way we achieve those goals differs for each one of us. Showing the public and party members that is the party's responsibility."

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