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Change, not continuity, will define Japan's new leader

Each candidate vying for top job has emphasized a break from the past

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Candidates for the presidential election of the LDP, left to right, Taro Kono, Fumio Kishida, Sanae Takaichi and Seiko Noda, pose in Tokyo on Sept. 18.   © Kyodo

Lully Miura is president of the Yamaneko Research Institute Inc., a nonpartisan, independent think tank providing geopolitical and strategic insights as well as solutions for policymakers, media and society.

Today, Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party will elect a new president, who will then become the country's next prime minister.

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