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Two opposition parties launched less than a month ago to challenge Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party met contrasting fates in Sunday’s general election.

Yukio Edano’s Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDP) appeared on track to become the nation’s largest opposition party, exit polls showed, while Kibo no To (Party of Hope), led by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, braced for a painful change in fortunes as it looked to settle for third place despite a strong start in the campaign.

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