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Liberal Democratic Party factions led by Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi and former party Secretary General Koichi Kato separately opened election campaign headquarters in Tokyo Wednesday for next month’s party presidential race.

Kato’s group, which currently includes 70 Diet members, opened its campaign office for the presidential bout inside his group’s headquarters in Akasaka, Minato Ward, while Obuchi’s set up shop at the Akasaka Prince Hotel.

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