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Japan election

Young Japanese lawmakers call for free vote in LDP leadership race

Rise of younger lawmakers challenges Japan's traditional backdoor deal-making

A group of young parliamentarians from the Liberal Democratic Party held a meeting at the party's headquarters on Sept. 7, calling for reforms ahead of the party's presidential election on Sept. 29.

TOKYO -- Junior lawmakers from Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party have called for an open vote to determine who should succeed outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga as party president, rather than backing the candidates endorsed by their faction bosses.

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