Kansei Nakano, a top-ranking member of the Democratic Party of Japan, officially announced Friday that he will run for head of the main opposition party next month, the eighth person to join the race.

Speaking at an inaugural meeting in the Diet building of the newly created group that will act as his campaign team, Nakano, 61, one of the party’s four deputy chiefs, said, “I will run in this election with determination, even if I have to toughen myself up.”

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