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Japan's opposition party pitches alternatives to Abenomics

Would-be Democratic Party leaders split on how to fund policies

Yukio Edano, left, former secretary-general of the Democratic Party, will battle former Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara for the party's leadership.

TOKYO -- The Democratic Party's former secretary-general has formally entered the race to lead Japan's main opposition party, laying the groundwork for a battle over whether the Democrats can offer viable alternatives to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policies, known as Abenomics.

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