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Japan election

Japan's LDP leadership race offers rare diversity of views

Candidates float positions from hawkish on China to pro same-sex marriage

The campaign to lead Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party officially began on Sept. 17 with four candidates: from left, Kishida, Kono, Noda and Takaichi. (Nikkei montage/AP)

TOKYO -- There has never been such diversity of views among candidates to lead Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party as it kicks off its triennial presidential campaign on Friday.

One favors same-sex marriage and is openly opposed to nuclear power, while another is against married couples even having different surnames and advocates giving Japan the military capability to strike enemy bases. Another hopeful has staked out a centrist position, calling for modest change on almost every issue.

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