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Two candidates vying to become the co-head of Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s Kibo no To (Party of Hope) reiterated Thursday their contrasting views on security and the pacifist Constitution — key points of debate that could kill or preserve the conservative governor’s founding ideals.

In a debate held in Tokyo, former Democratic Party lawmakers Yuichiro Tamaki and Hiroshi Ogushi emphasized their stances on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s contentious security laws — enacted in summer 2015 amid outcries by the opposition — that have significantly expanded the legal scope of overseas operations by the Self-Defense Forces.

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