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Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) ironed out a fresh rift Monday by deciding to vote for party chief Shintaro Ishihara when the Diet nominates candidates for prime minister on Dec. 26, a senior party official said Monday.

Osaka Gov. Ichiro Matsui, Nippon Ishin’s secretary general, said the party has reached a consensus to vote for Ishihara following reports of a split over who to nominate after the “third-force” leader took 54 seats in Sunday’s general election, which the Liberal Democratic Party won by a landslide.

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