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Japan after Abe

Post-Abe Japan to stay the course, as Suga and rivals offer fine-tuning

Ishiba to review consumption tax, while Kishida pitches more soft power

From left: Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba.

TOKYO -- After close to eight years of Shinzo Abe -- the longest continuous tenure by a Japanese prime minister -- the three candidates aiming to succeed him have an opportunity to lay out a new path forward for the country.

But with 74% of the public saying they support or tend to support Abe's performance in Nikkei's latest polls, it is difficult for any of them to offer a drastically different alternative.

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