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All eyes on Japan Democrats' war chest

Who inherits the leading opposition party's money following its split?

Democratic Party head Seiji Maehara speaks to reporters on Sept. 28 after a party meeting.

TOKYO -- The fate of billions of yen held by Japan's now fractured leading opposition party has turned into a hotly contested issue ahead of the Oct. 22 snap lower house election.

The Democratic Party received 8.7 billion yen ($77.1 million) in public funding under the fiscal 2017 budget. Including carryover from previous years, it had expected to have about 14.8 billion yen on hand when the fiscal year ends in March.

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