Japan Parties Appeal for Support on Final Election Campaign Day

Politics

Tokyo, July 20 (Jiji Press)--Heads of Japan's ruling and opposition parties took to streets to rally voter support on Saturday, the final day of the 17-day campaign period for Sunday's House of Councillors election, where constitutional revision and a planned consumption tax hike are major issues.

In a speech in the northeastern city of Akita, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for support for the continuation of his current administration, which was launched in late 2012 in line with his return to power.

Emphasizing the benefits of his Abenomics economic policy mix, Abe, leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said, "This trend must not be changed."

Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of Komeito, the coalition partner of the LDP, said in Tokyo, "We need to realize politics that can hear the voices of people."

Yukio Edano, chief of the major opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, toured Tokyo and four prefectures. In a speech in Tokyo, he said: "Please give us power so that our party can stand by your voices. Join us, and let's open a new era together."

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