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Japan election

Ex-defense chief Hayashi considered for Japan's foreign minister

Motegi will leave diplomatic post to replace Amari in key LDP job

Yoshimasa Hayashi celebrates after winning a Diet lower house seat on Oct. 31.    © Kyodo

TOKYO -- A former Japanese defense minister, Yoshimasa Hayashi, has emerged as a leading candidate to become the next foreign minister, part of an unexpected reshuffle in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's leadership following Sunday's general election.

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