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Abe rival argues for fiscal discipline over 'growth first'

'Ishiba vision' takes aims at Japan's social welfare system

Former Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba announces his plan for greater fiscal discipline on Aug. 27.

TOKYO -- Japan's Shigeru Ishiba, the leading contender to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in next month's leadership race for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, has called for a shift away from Abe's growth-first economic policy to one stressing fiscal discipline.

Ishiba, a previous defense minister and LDP secretary-general, on Monday offered his own vision, which includes reform of Japan's social welfare system, should he win the Sept. 20 contest. He also unveiled diplomatic and other policies.

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