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Japan's Yoshihide Suga to resign as prime minister

Wide-open LDP leadership race expected to feature Kono, Ishiba and others

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga tells reporters about his decision not to run in Tokyo on Sept. 3. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will resign this month, throwing wide open the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's presidential election -- a crucial race that could set the tone for an upcoming lower house campaign.

In light of the Suga cabinet's slumping approval rating -- down to a low of 34% in the latest Nikkei poll -- there have been widespread worries in the party that it would lose the lower house election without a change of prime minister.

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