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Suga's exit deals a major blow to Japan's opposition

Taro Kono the clear favorite to win the LDP leadership race

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Taro Kono, minister in charge of the inoculation program, speaks at a press conference on Mar. 26: Kono is free to enter the race without having to challenge Suga. (Photo by Yumi Kotani)

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."

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's decision on Friday not to seek a new term as leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has scrambled the fortunes of ambitious politicians, as well as the ruling and opposition blocs.

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