Campaigning Begins for Japan Upper House Poll
Tokyo, June 22 (Jiji Press)--The 18-day official campaign period started on Wednesday for the July 10 election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament.
Candidacy registrations started in the morning. As of 2:40 p.m. (5:40 a.m. GMT), 542 people had filed their candidacies, namely 364 for prefectural constituencies and 178 for proportional representation seats. The total figure has already surpassed the total for the previous Upper House election in 2019.
Key election issues will include how to tackle soaring prices accelerated by the yen's rapid weakening and revive the economy, as well as the fight against COVID-19 and national security including defense costs.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will face the verdict of voters on his government management since the election for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, in October last year.
The number of Upper House seats rises by three to 248 from the previous election. Half of all seats in the chamber are contested every three years.
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