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Four LDP politicians emerge as leading candidates to succeed Kishida 

Sankei reported on a mounting consensus within the LDP that the next party president to succeed Prime Minister Kishida will probably be either Secretary General Motegi Toshimitsu, Policy Research Council Chairperson Takaichi Sanae, Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa, or former Administrative Reform Minister Kono Taro. While Motegi’s clout is growing rapidly since he assumed the party’s No. 2 post, the daily projected that his future bid to take the helm depends largely on the Upper House race in July as he will be the ruling party’s chief election campaigner.    

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