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Last week, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earned a promotion of sorts when he was voted to become the next head of the “Seiwa Seisaku Kenykyukai,” one of the Liberal Democratic Party’s seven formal factions.

In doing so, he became the boss of the LDP’s largest intraparty group, opening a debate of whether this move will cement Abe as the next “kingmaker” in Japanese politics.

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