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A total of 880 hopefuls are already preparing to run in the next general election, and both the ruling Democratic Party of Japan and its main opposition rival have chosen candidates for almost all single-seat constituencies, a survey showed Saturday.

According to the findings, 791 candidates were preparing to stand in the Lower House’s 300 single-seat constituencies and 91 in the proportional representation section as of Saturday, with two of them running in both systems. Of the total candidates, 121, or around 14 percent, are female.

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