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In Toyota's home district, a political shake-up unfolds

Longtime union-backed opposition legislator says no to reelection bid

Toyota headquarters in Aichi Prefecture, Japan: Aichi has long been a stronghold of the old Democratic Party of Japan, owing to the clout of labor unions there.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- A long-serving opposition lawmaker backed by Toyota Motor's labor union will not run in Japan's lower house election on Oct. 31, a decision that comes as the auto industry considers its relationship with the government in an era of stricter environmental restrictions.

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