Tokyo, June 16 (Jiji Press)–A total of 853 people are preparing to run in the next House of Representatives election in Japan, to be held by autumn, a Jiji Press survey showed Wednesday.
The election is highly likely to take place in September or later after the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer are over. Members of the powerful lower chamber of parliament reach the end of their terms on Oct. 21.
The ruling parties have selected candidates for most single-seat constitutions and are set to unify candidates in constituencies where multiple lawmakers are eager to run.
Opposition parties, including the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, will also accelerate efforts to field a unified candidate in each constituency.
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has almost chosen candidates for 273 of all 289 constituencies.
Two candidates are competing for party endorsement in each of seven constituencies, including the No. 7 constituency in Hokkaido, northernmost Japan.
Official candidates have yet to be decided by the LDP for seven constituencies.
The LDP will not field candidates in nine constituencies in order to avoid competition with its coalition partner, Komeito. All nine candidates to be fielded by Komeito have already received informal recommendations from the LDP.
Among opposition parties, the CDP and the Japanese Communist Party have chosen their candidates in 208 and 123 constituencies, respectively.
Candidates of the two parties are competing in 67 constituencies. The leaders of the CDP and the JCP have agreed to hold talks to unify candidates in these constituencies, but they have yet to work out details.
The Democratic Party for the People and the Social Democratic Party plan to field candidates in 22 and nine constituencies, respectively.
CDP candidates currently compete with candidates fielded by the DPFP in three constituencies and by the SDP in two constituencies.
Ten constituencies currently have no candidates fielded by the CDP, the JCP, the DPFP or the SDP.
Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party) has made informal offers to 63 candidates to run in the next Lower House election.
Furui Seito kara Kokumin wo Mamoru To and Reiwa Shinsengumi have announced that they will field one and 20 candidates, respectively.
Seventy-three people are preparing to run for 176 proportional representation seats in 11 blocs across the country, excluding those planning to register their candidacies both in constituencies and proportional representation blocs.