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In Japan’s carefully choreographed corporate world, public power struggles are generally frowned upon. Shosuke Idemitsu, 89, apparently doesn’t roll that way.

At an Idemitsu Kosan Co. shareholder meeting in June, investors were expected to vote in favor of reappointing directors who support the government-backed, $1.7 billion merger with rival Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K., which is scheduled to close by April of 2017.

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