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Naoto Kan, secretary general of the Democratic Party of Japan, on Monday announced his candidacy for the largest opposition party’s election next month.

“After exchanging views with different people, I have ultimately taken a firm resolve to run in the leadership election,” Kan told a news conference in the Diet building. “If I become party head, I will work to present the advantages of the DPJ to the people and what reforms we can achieve, unlike the (ruling) Liberal Democratic Party.”

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