Four junior Democratic Party of Japan lawmakers who have separately announced plans to stand as candidates in the party presidential election next month were unable Tuesday to select just one among them to run, DPJ officials said.

Seiji Maehara, 40; Yoshihiko Noda, 45; Shigefumi Matsuzawa, 44; and Takashi Kawamura, 53; are now expected to separately run against the party’s 55-year-old leader, Yukio Hatoyama, in the Sept. 23 party election.

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