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Campaign kicks off for 2 by-elections in Japan

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.

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