The two candidates in today’s Shinshinto leadership election made their final attempts Wednesday to capture support within the government’s largest opposition force, and party sources say the race is too close to call.

Party President Ichiro Ozawa, 55, is seeking his second two-year term. Michihiko Kano, 55, former head of the Management and Coordination Agency, hopes to oust Ozawa by highlighting the party’s declining strength over the past two years.

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