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Japan election

Koizumi endorses Kono as Japan's next ruling party chief

Abe protege Takaichi angles for broad LDP support to succeed Suga

Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi urged younger lawmakers in the Liberal Democratic Party to support Taro Kono in the leadership election.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi said Tuesday that he will back vaccine point man Taro Kono to become the next leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

"It's clear who can be the leader to breathe new life into the party and to change both the LDP and Japan," Koizumi told reporters. The winner of the party's presidential race would be poised to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

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