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Japanese opposition split turns election into 3-way fight

Liberal and conservative opposition blocs could divide anti-establishment vote

Factions led by Democratic Party heavyweight Yukio Edano, left, and Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, right, could split votes against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, in the Oct. 22 lower house Diet election.

TOKYO -- Three major factions look to dominate Japan's upcoming general election after the main opposition Democratic Party split in two over the question of whether to team up with conservative Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's new national party.

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