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Apart from one brief interval, the Liberal Democratic Party has been in power since it was formed in 1955, and every time it picks a new leader internal factions vie for power.

When Prime Minister Taro Aso won a landslide victory in the LDP’s presidential election last month, it was the first time in eight years the president was not chosen from the largest faction, which is currently led by former Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura.

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