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Inside Japanese politics

With legacy on the line, Abe faces crucial choices in September

Risk all for constitution revision or focus on picking successor?

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cabinet ministers pose for a group photo at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, September 11, 2019. (Nikkei Montage)

TOKYO -- September this year will mark the advent of a crucial season for Japanese politics, one that will determine who resides at the kantei, the prime minister's residence in central Tokyo.

Around the end of last year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe let slip comments on a topic he typically avoids: his potential successors.

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