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Opposition candidates to clash in 230 Lower House districts

The official campaign period for the 48th House of Representatives election will start on Oct. 10 for 12 days of campaigning leading to voting on Oct. 22. The main issue in this election is whether the voters will choose the continuation of the coalition government by the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito or entrust the administration to a new political force.


A survey conducted by Yomiuri Shimbun shows that as of Oct. 8, some 1,100 candidates are planning to run in the single-seat districts (with 289 seats being contested) and on the proportional representation tickets (176 seats). Only around 60 of the single-seat constituencies will actually be one-on-one contests between ruling party and opposition candidates (including incumbent Democratic Party [DP] Lower House members running as independents).


In some 210 districts, the camp consisting of the Party of Hope and Nippon Ishin [Japan Innovation Party] and the camp made up of the Japanese Communist Party, the Constitution Democratic Party of Japan (DCPJ), and the Social Democratic Party will both field their candidates to fight against the ruling party candidates, resulting in the opposition candidates also fighting against each other. In 40 out of these constituencies, Party of Hope candidates will clash with CDPJ candidates, even though both parties’ candidates are originally from the DP. In addition, there are around 20 districts where incumbent DP Lower House members running as independents will be fighting against other opposition candidates. (Abridged)

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