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Abe floats list of potential Japan PM candidates, seeing 'plenty of talent'

Former leader takes himself out of running and reiterates support for Suga

Shinzo Abe, pictured here in a Nikkei interview as prime minister in 2020, has weighed on possible contenders to lead Japan. (Photo by Karina Noka)

TOKYO -- Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has weighed in on who should lead the country and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party that he controlled for more than eight years, but polling suggests his views are out of step with the public's preferences.

In an interview with the conservative Hanada monthly magazine released Wednesday, Abe named Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato, party policy research chief Hakubun Shimomura and former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida as potential candidates.

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