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The chief of the politically influential Japan Medical Association, known for his close ties to the ruling party, lost his re-election bid Sunday to a candidate favoring alliances with more parties.

Katsuyuki Haranaka, 71, was beaten by JMA Vice President Yoshitake Yokokura, 67, who wants to forge alliances with the opposition parties, including the conservative Liberal Democratic Party, rather than just the ruling Democratic Party of Japan.

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