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Kazuo Hayakawa, a 73-year-old retiree living in the Azabu Juban district of Tokyo’s Minato Ward, voted for the Democratic Party of Japan, the nation’s largest opposition party, in the 2009 Lower House election. But he will not be casting his vote the same way again.

With campaigning in full swing across the country ahead of Sunday’s Lower House election, Hayakawa was listening on Tuesday to a stump speech by Liberal Democratic Party candidate Miki Yamada. Yamada is running against DPJ President Banri Kaieda for the Tokyo No. 1 district, which spans the city’s central Shinjuku, Minato and Chiyoda wards.

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