In this Sept. 15, 2012 photo, Japan's leading opposition Liberal Democratic Party presidential candidate Shigeru Ishiba speaks as he attends a debate with his rivals at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo. Four lawmakers vying for leadership of Japan's main opposition party have promised to protect Japan's control of islands at the center of a territorial furor with China. Former defense chief Shigeru Ishiba says that "losing a piece of the territory eventually means losing the whole country." (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

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In this Sept. 15, 2012 photo, Japan's leading opposition Liberal Democratic Party presidential candidate Shigeru Ishiba speaks as he attends a debate with his rivals at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo. Four lawmakers vying for leadership of Japan's main opposition party have promised to protect Japan's control of islands at the center of a territorial furor with China. Former defense chief Shigeru Ishiba says that "losing a piece of the territory eventually means losing the whole country."  (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
In this Sept. 15, 2012 photo, Japan's leading opposition Liberal Democratic Party presidential candidate Shigeru Ishiba speaks as he attends a debate with his rivals at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo. Four lawmakers vying for leadership of Japan's main opposition party have promised to protect Japan's control of islands at the center of a territorial furor with China. Former defense chief Shigeru Ishiba says that "losing a piece of the territory eventually means losing the whole country." (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
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