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Kono Declares Candidacy in LDP Presidential Election

Kono Declares Candidacy in LDP Presidential Election

   Tokyo, Sept. 10 (Jiji Press)--Japanese regulatory reform minister Taro Kono declared his candidacy Friday in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's upcoming election to pick the successor of LDP President Yoshihide Suga, the prime minister.
   Kono, 58, became the third contender to announce candidacy in the race, after former LDP policy chief Fumio Kishida, 64, and former internal affairs minister Sanae Takaichi, 60.
   Kono last ran in an LDP leadership race in 2009.
   "It's realistic for the time being to resume the operations of nuclear reactors whose safety is confirmed," Kono told a news conference.
   His policy pledges include a plan to promote realistic energy policies that will be viewed as reliable by the industrial world.

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