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Should Taro Kono be successful in his campaign to become president of the Liberal Democratic Party — and, by extension, Japan’s next prime minister — those scrutinizing his resume will come across a number of executive-level positions he holds at sporting organizations ranging from the Japan Racehorse Association to the Kanagawa Track and Field Association.

But it’s the 58-year-old’s tenure as chairman of the J. League’s Shonan Bellmare between 2000 and 2005 that residents of his Kanagawa Prefecture district, which includes his hometown of Hiratsuka, remember fondly even today.

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