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Japan election

Taro Kono joins LDP leadership race with softened agenda

The administrative reform minister eases stance on nuclear power

Taro Kono, Japan's administrative reform minister, says that "conservatism is something which is generous, moderate and warm." (Photo by Uichiro Kasai) 

TOKYO -- Taro Kono, Japan's administrative reform minister, on Friday announced his bid to lead the Liberal Democratic Party but concealed views perceived to be radical for the country's conservative ruling party.

Emphasizing that he has belonged to the LDP for his entire political career, Kono told reporters that "conservatism is something which is generous, moderate and warm."

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