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Generational divide clashes with factions in Japan's ruling party

LDP at crossroads as young members focus on public opinion over alliances

Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, center, announces the merger of his faction with another LDP faction in 2017. (Photo by Taro Yokosawa)

TOKYO -- Factional politics that have long dominated Japan's ruling party may be coming to an end as the swelling ranks of relatively new members look at public opinion polls rather than allegiances to choose their next leader.

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