• Kyodo News


As of Wednesday, 870 people, including 127 women, were planning to file their candidacies for the next House of Representatives election, which basically must be held by September, according to a Kyodo News tally.

Of the total, 800 candidates are planning to run in 300 single-seat constituencies, with head-to-head competition between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the Democratic Party of Japan, the main opposition force, anticipated in 257 of these districts, the survey showed.

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