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Noda Decides to Throw Hat in LDP Presidential Race

Noda Decides to Throw Hat in LDP Presidential Race

   Tokyo, Sept. 16 (Jiji Press)--Seiko Noda, executive acting secretary-general of the Liberal Democratic Party, on Thursday announced her plan to run in the leadership election for the Japanese ruling party, becoming the fourth person to declare a bid for the party presidency.
   Noda, 61, decided to join the race as she now expects to be able to secure recommendations from 20 LDP lawmakers, the minimum number needed for filing a candidacy in the Sept. 29 election.
   Earlier, former LDP Policy Research Council Chairman Fumio Kishida, 64, former Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi, 60, and regulatory reform minister Taro Kono, 58, unveiled their plans to take part in the closely watched party contest.
   The official campaign period for the election is set to start Friday, when candidacies are accepted.

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