Tokyo, Oct. 7 (Jiji Press)–Campaigning kicked off Thursday for two by-elections for Japan’s House of Councillors set for Oct. 24, in the run-up to a general election scheduled for Oct. 31.
The by-elections for the upper chamber of the Diet, the country’s parliament, mark the first national elections since Prime Minister Fumio Kishida took office on Monday.
The Upper House by-elections are for the Shizuoka and Yamaguchi prefectural constituencies.
The race in Shizuoka, central Japan, involves a candidate fielded by the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and two opposition candidates.
In Yamaguchi, western Japan, an LDP candidate is pitted against two others including from the Japanese Communist Party.