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Japan election

Abe's venting over cabinet hints at discord among kingmakers

Changing party dynamic could spell challenge for Japan's new leader

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, front center, and his cabinet members in Tokyo on Oct. 4: dissatisfaction over cabinet and ruling party appointments is starting to bubble under the surface.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Fumio Kishida carefully assembled his cabinet, taking pains to reflect the wishes of rival factions within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party that propelled him to the top job.

But inevitably some were left unsatisfied, including former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is the de facto leader of the LDP's largest faction.

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