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Japan election

Post-Abe contenders see fortunes swing on Japan election results

Prime minister says he will be flexible on goal of constitutional change

Candidates backed by Yoshihide Suga, left, enjoyed better results than those supported by Fumio Kishida. (Photos by Uichiro Kasai and Kosaku Mimura)

TOKYO -- Two leading contenders to succeed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have emerged from Japan's upper house election with changed momentum after a striking contrast in the performance of their favored candidates.

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