• Jiji, staff report

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All four hopefuls in the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan’s upcoming leadership poll have stressed the need to unify opposition candidates in prefectural constituencies where only one seat each will be up for grabs in next summer’s Upper House election — a stance that comes despite the strategy’s failure to translate into votes in the October Lower House poll.

All four leadership candidates on Sunday stuck to the view on the CDP’s continued election cooperation with the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) in the triennial poll for parliament’s upper chamber.

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