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Japan PM candidates differ on same-sex, women rights issues

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Candidates to become Japan’s next prime minister all said they would have better policies to fight the pandemic and reduce the income gap during television debates on Friday, but they were split on diversity issues from same-sex marriage to married couples having separate surnames. Whoever wins the Liberal Democratic Party presidency on Sept. 29 will become prime minister because of the LDP’s majority in the lower house of parliament, and campaigning began in earnest on Friday with a series of televised debates. Widely seen as the leading contender, vaccine minister Taro Kono…

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