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Campaigning began Tuesday for the Oct. 22 House of Representatives election, pitting the ruling coalition led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe against a recently reorganized opposition including Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s Kibo no To (Party of Hope).

Reforms have shrunk the Lower House by 10 seats to a postwar low of 465. Abe has said he will resign if his Liberal Democratic Party and its smaller coalition partner, Komeito, do not win an overall majority with a combined 233 seats.

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