Abe Sets Modest Target for Upper House Election

Politics

Tokyo, July 4 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has set a modest target of winning 53 seats for the ruling camp in the July 21 House of Councillors election, whose official campaign period started Thursday.

Meanwhile, key members of Abe's Liberal Democratic Party back higher targets for the election for the upper chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament, giving flexibility to its win-or-lose bar.

In the country's Upper House elections, half of all seats are contested every three years. This time, 124 seats are up for grabs, increasing three from the previous election in 2016 after last year's election law revision to boost the Upper House's seats.

Abe, the LDP's president, says that his target is to secure an Upper House majority by the LDP-Komeito coalition, including uncontested seats. To achieve this, the ruling bloc needs to win at least 53 seats.

Meanwhile, senior lawmakers in the camp say the target should be 63 seats, or a majority of all contested seats.

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