Assembly Election Campaigns Begin in Japan Prefectures, Major Cities

Politics

Tokyo, March 29 (Jiji Press)--Election campaigns began in 41 prefectures and 17 ordinance-designated major cities in Japan on Friday to select assembly members.

Major campaign issues include ways to address declining populations and revitalize local economies. The focus of attention is whether the ruling Liberal Democratic Party will maintain its majority of seats.

Voting is set for April 7 as part of the first leg of unified local elections, considered a test of voter sentiment before this summer's election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament.

A record low of 3,062 people filed their candidacies for a total of 2,277 seats in the prefectural assembly races, but the number of female candidates hit a record high of 389.

The number of candidates who won uncontested seats hit a record high of 612, or a record 26.9 pct of the total.

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