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Hakubun Shimomura, policy chief of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, has told some members of the party that he is ready to run for the LDP presidency, sources have said.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s term as LDP president expires at the end of September. The party’s leadership contest is expected to be held on Sept. 29 before a general election for the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of the Diet.

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