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Japan election

Abe protege Takaichi to contend election with hawkish China agenda

Lawmaker vows to boost Japan's economic security with 'Sanaenomics'

Sanae Takaichi declares her candidacy in the race to become leader of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

TOKYO -- Sanae Takaichi burnished her conservative credentials in launching her bid Wednesday to lead Japan's Liberal Democratic Party, stressing the need to strengthen economic security to counter an increasingly aggressive China.

Takaichi, a 60-year-old former Japanese internal affairs minister, is seeking to represent the hawkish wing of the party that has dominated postwar Japanese politics. She has reportedly been backed by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who led the country from 2012 to 2020.

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