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DPJ lawmakers pitch visions for reborn opposition

The three candidates spoke at a joint news conference Wednesday.

TOKYO -- The Democratic Party of Japan will pick its new leader on Jan. 18. The race, being fought among three candidates of divergent political stripes, will help set a future path for the top opposition party struggling to rebuild itself after a crushing electoral loss in 2012.

     The three-way contest for the DPJ's presidency kicked off Wednesday, pitting former DPJ Secretary-General Goshi Hosono, acting party chief Katsuya Okada and ex-Health Minister Akira Nagatsuma against one another.

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