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Japan election

Japan PM hopeful Kono calls for regular summit with China

Candidates debate Taiwan security and relations with South and North Korea

Taro Kono, left, Fumio Kishida, Sanae Takaichi and Seiko Noda take part in a debate held by the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on September 18.   © (Photo by Rie Ishi)

TOKYO -- Japan's future policies on energy and China took center stage in a debate Saturday as the four candidates in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party presidential race exchanged views on the challenges facing the country. 

Taro Kono, the liberal and outspoken vaccine minister; Fumio Kishida, considered an establishment candidate; Sanae Takaichi, a hard-line conservative and former party policy chief; and Seiko Noda, a former internal affairs minister; participated in the debate organized by the Japan National Press Club.

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