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Executives of Liberal Democratic Party chapters in 15 prefectures — nearly a third of the total — favor former Finance Minister Sadakazu Tanigaki as the next party president from among the three candidates running for the job.

The other two contenders — former Senior Vice Justice Minister Taro Kono and former Parliamentary Vice Foreign Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura — are each supported by secretaries general and other executives of only two prefectural LDP chapters, according to a survey of local party leaders.

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