Candidates Vying for Unaffiliated Voters in Tokyo Constituency

Politics

Tokyo, July 18 (Jiji Press)--Candidates are vying for support from unaffiliated voters in the Tokyo constituency ahead of Sunday's House of Councillors election, trying to exploit an opportunity created by the exit of popular lawmaker Taro Yamamoto.

In the constituency, where 20 candidates are competing for six seats, the focal point is for whom the 670,000 voters who elected him in the 2013 poll will cast their ballots this time.

Six years ago, the television-personality-turned-politician ran as an independent. But he recently created the new political group Reiwa Shinsengumi.

Yamamoto has also switched to running in the Upper House's nationwide proportional representation bloc instead of the Tokyo constituency.

Meanwhile, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has been quiet, worlds apart from the sensation she made in the election for the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, two years ago.

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