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Shinzo Abe casts a long shadow over LDP leadership race
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Shinzo Abe casts a long shadow over LDP leadership race

Tobias Harris discusses former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s lasting influence on the current race for the leadership of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party.

The race for the Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership, which will be decided on Sept. 29, would appear to mark a generational shift for Japan’s longtime ruling party.

Three of the four candidates — Taro Kono, Sanae Takaichi and Seiko Noda — would be the first prime minister born in 1960 or later. The fourth candidate, Fumio Kishida, would be only the second born after the LDP was established in 1955.

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Tobias Harris

Former Senior Fellow