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Democratic Party chief Katsuya Okada said Saturday he will not run in his organization’s leadership race in September, saying the main opposition party needs a fresh face if it wants to take on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration.

“I have a sense of achievement. Although we were defeated in the Upper House election, we were able to bear fruit,” Okada told a news conference at the party’s headquarters in Tokyo, referring to the election tieup with other opposition parties as well as the merger with Ishin no To in March.

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