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Shinzo Abe casts a long shadow over LDP leadership race

But contest also reveals limits of longest-serving premier's influence

| Japan
Shinzo Abe waves to staff members as they applaud to bid him goodbye at his official residence in September 2020: Abe left his successors a toolbox but not a road map.   © Reuters

Tobias Harris is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, an independent, nonpartisan policy institute. He is the author of "The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan."

The race for the Liberal Democratic Party's leadership, which will be decided on Sept. 29, would appear to mark a generational shift for Japan's longtime ruling party.

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