Japanese lawmaker Takaichi in bid to be PM

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Japanese lawmaker Sanae Takaichi has officially announced she will run in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leadership race to succeed Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who last week announced he would step down.

Takaichi, a conservative who aims to be the country's first female leader, will go up against former foreign minister Fumio Kishida, among others, in the September 29 race.

The winner of the vote is all but assured to be Japan's next prime minister.

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