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From left: Party of Hope founder and Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, Constitutional Democratic Party leader Yukio Edano and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of the Liberal Democratic Party.
Politics

Japan's opposition races to assemble slates as tumult persists

1,000-plus hopefuls stand for election, but cooperation remains elusive

| Japan

TOKYO -- With just five days until the start of campaigning for this month's lower house election, Japanese opposition parties are scrambling to rework their candidate lineups amid turmoil triggered by a rift between liberal and conservative blocs.

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