Over 250 Set to Run in Japan Upper House Election
Tokyo, April 28 (Jiji Press)--A total of 256 people are prepared to run in the election for Japan's House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament, slated for this summer, according to a Jiji Press survey.
The Upper House poll will be the first nationwide parliamentary election since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a third consecutive three-year term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in September last year.
The LDP and its coalition partner, Komeito, have completed procedures to field candidates in all electoral districts.
Major opposition parties are set to compete with each other in 21 of the 32 districts where only one seat will be contested. They plan to complete work on unifying their candidates by the end of May.
The election is expected to take place on July 21 unless the current parliamentary session, now scheduled to end on June 26, is extended.
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