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Japan election

Kingmaker's gambit: Abe's maneuvers hand Kishida victory

Conservative support for Takaichi forced runoff that doomed Kono

Fumio Kishida won the Liberal Democratic Party leadership election after lawmakers largely broke in his direction. (Photo by Koji Uema)

TOKYO -- Two days before Fumio Kishida was elected president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, the party's two biggest power brokers met for a discreet conversation.

Former economic policy minister Akira Amari, who was behind Kishida, visited former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his parliamentary office Monday afternoon.

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