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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.

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