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A closely watched battle between two former Cabinet ministers for endorsement by Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party as official party candidate for the Oct. 31 general election ended with a decision that pushed one of them into retirement.

In Yamaguchi Prefecture’s No. 3 constituency, former education minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, 60, will run on the LDP ticket for a seat in the Lower House in the coming election, in a bid to switch from the Upper House.

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