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The abrupt departure of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has triggered a race within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party for the top job, with no single contender having a clear road to the top post.

Whoever succeeds Abe, who just recently broke the record for longest continually serving prime minister, will have their work cut out as the coronavirus pandemic has deepened the recession in the world’s third-largest economy and forced the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed.

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