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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.

Several candidates are vying to be the successor to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga as the leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, which presumably will also mean a move to the prime minister's office given the LDP's strength in the lower house.

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