Japan: Ruling party holds leadership debate in race to succeed Abe

Three candidates for the leadership of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) took part in a public debate in Tokyo, on Saturday. The winner of the race is expected to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The three candidates, former Defence Minister Shigeru Ishiba, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, and former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, exchanged views over the future of Japan. The LDP's leadership election is set to be held on Monday, with the winner widely expected to succeed Abe when the lower house of Parliament convenes on Wednesday to name Japan's new PM. Abe, Japan's longest-serving prime minister, abruptly announced his resignation on August 28 due to his deteriorating health.

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