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Kiichiro Hatoyama, the eldest son of prime minister-in-waiting Yukio Hatoyama, is being spotlighted by the media as a potential successor to his father’s political dynasty.

After his father’s Democratic Party of Japan won a landslide victory in the Aug. 30 general election, the researcher and guest lecturer at Moscow State University, who also is an expert in urban engineering, became a highly sought-after interview subject.

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