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As part of its manifesto for this summer’s Upper House election, the main opposition Democratic Party is considering a pledge to lower to 18 years old the age requirement to run for public office, party lawmakers said Saturday.

Currently, a candidate must be at least 25 years old to run in Lower House, mayoral and local assembly elections. To run for the Upper House or prefectural governorships, candidates must be at least 30 years old.

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