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Inside Japanese politics

Gloves off: Kishida vows to replace Japan kingmaker Nikai if elected

Perennial LDP contender sheds 'docile' image with proposal to limit leadership terms

Fumio Kishida, former head of the LDP's policy body, announces his candidacy for the party leadership on Thursday.

TOKYO -- The verbal jabs are coming fast and furious in the race for the presidency of Japan's ruling party. Former policy chief Fumio Kishida -- who entered the fray to become the next leader of the Liberal Democratic Party -- proposed limiting the terms of party officials Thursday.

Party officials other than the president should be limited to "one term of one year, [and only] up to three consecutive terms," Kishida said.

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