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Japan election

Japan's Kishida prepares for election, picks Noda for cabinet

Next PM finalizes posts and looks to dissolve parliament around Oct. 14

Fumio Kishida, the new leader of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is poised to become prime minister in a parliament vote on Oct. 4.  (Photo by Rie Ishii)

TOKYO -- Japan's next prime minister, Fumio Kishida, is expected to dissolve the lower house of parliament around Oct. 14, setting the country on the path to its first general election in four years in November.

Kishida, who won the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's leadership race last week, is on the verge of being elected Japan's 100th prime minister in a parliament vote set for Monday.

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