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Senior Liberal Democratic Party member Mikio Aoki plans to run for a fifth term in next summer’s Upper House election, a decision that could upset reformers within the main opposition party, LDP sources said.

The 75-year-old Aoki, who served as chief Cabinet secretary twice when the LDP was in power, was expected to announce his candidacy in mid-January despite an in-house move to limit the number of candidates aged 70 or older to refurbish the party’s image.

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