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Taizo Sugimura, a junior lawmaker who was elected in 2005 riding on the popularity of then Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, said Thursday he will not run in the next Lower House election, which must be held by autumn.

Sugimura, 29, a Liberal Democratic Party member, was considering running as an independent in the Hokkaido No. 1 constituency because the LDP has not endorsed him as a candidate for the next election.

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