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While it has been the prime ministerial hopefuls garnering most of the attention lately, there are two behind-the-scenes players who have the power to shape Japan’s political future: former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso. Between their ability to guarantee votes and shape perceptions inside the Liberal Democratic Party and out, these two party heavyweights can make the difference in who comes out on top in the coming weeks.

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