Outcome uncertain as Japan’s ruling party heads to vote on next PM

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By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s ruling party votes on Wednesday for the country’s next prime minister in an election that has turned into the most unpredictable race since Shinzo Abe made a surprise comeback almost a decade ago, defeating a popular rival in a runoff. The winner of the Sept. 29 contest to lead the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is almost certain to succeed unpopular Yoshihide Suga as premier because the party has a majority in parliament’s powerful lower house. Running for the top post are popular vaccine minister Taro Kono, 58, a U.S.-educated former defen…

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