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LDP race: Kono leads Kishida 46% to 17% in Nikkei poll

Support for hawkish Takaichi grows to 14%

LDP candidates in the leadership race, left to right: Taro Kono, Fumio Kishida, Sanae Takaichi and Seiko Noda. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai) 

TOKYO -- Taro Kono is the favorite to become the next leader of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party and effectively the next prime minister, a poll by Nikkei and TV Tokyo shows.

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