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Japan faces more confusion amid leadership vote as country sets for sixth PM in 5 years
TOKYO (AP) ' The five candidates vying to be Japan's next prime minister are promising to resolve the country's nuclear crisis and revive its battered economy.
But there is widespread public cynicism about the country's revolving door of leaders. The next prime minister will be Japan's sixth in five years.
No one is expected to win the needed majority 200 votes from legislators in the ruling Democratic Party in the first round of voting, set for Monday. If no one gets a majority, a run-off would follow.
At a debate Sunday at a Tokyo hotel, the candidates appeared mostly in agreement on the main issues, all promising to revive Japan's economy and bring the crisis at the tsunami-stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant under control.