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In late April at an upscale hotel in Tokyo, more than 100 people thronged to have their photo taken with Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso.

The fundraising party, organized by Ikokai, Aso’s faction in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, attracted more than 2,500 people, twice more than last year, when the LDP was the largest opposition force.

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