• Kyodo, Jiji

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The fatal shooting of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe remained fresh in voter’s minds as they headed to the polls Sunday for the House of Councilors election, but it appeared to have no significant impact on voter turnout.

Abe’s death at a campaign event generated enormous focus on the triennial election, putting politics front-of-mind for the voting public while averting attention from key issues such as cost of living pressures.

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