Japan's leadership race takes a turn as underdog receives kingpin's backing (3)

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Kan also said as leader he will make continued efforts to reduce the burden of hosting U.S. military bases on Okinawa Prefecture based on the Japan-U.S. accord reached last week.

Registration of candidates will start Friday morning, and a meeting of DPJ legislators in both houses of the Diet will be held from 11 a.m., with a vote taken after speeches by candidates. The party leader will be selected from the votes of 307 members of the House of Representatives and 116 members of the House of Councilors.

Whoever leads the DPJ will almost certainly become the next prime minister in line with the party's strength at parliament.

The new leader's term will serve Hatoyama's remaining term that lasts until the end of September.

Source: Xinhua


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