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Morihiro Hosokawa, the former prime minister who rocked and transformed Japanese politics in the early 1990s, is back, this time as a leading candidate for Tokyo governor, running as an anti-nuclear crusader seeking the abolishment of all atomic power plants.

But questions linger about the credentials of the man who, in 1993, became a national hero when he broke the Liberal Democratic Party’s long-standing grip on power.

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