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Japan election

Japan PM hopefuls Kishida and Kono battle for lawmaker votes

3rd-place Takaichi catching up as race looks set for runoff

Support from lawmakers will be key in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party presidential race on Sept. 29.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The ruling Liberal Democratic Party's presidential election is shaping up to be a tight race among the top three contenders, a Nikkei/TV Tokyo survey has found, making it increasingly likely that the winner will be decided through a runoff.

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