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The Dec. 16 Lower House election will be the first national-level election held since the 3/11 disasters, including the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. As if to show their concern over the plight of people whose lives have been disrupted by the nuclear catastrophe and to stress the importance of Japan’s future policy on nuclear power generation, leaders of four parties gave their first campaign speeches in Fukushima Prefecture on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) spoke in Iwaki; Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Shinzo Abe, in Fukushima City; Nippon Mirai leader Yukiko Kada, in the village of Iitate; and Social Democratic Party chief Mizuho Fukushima, in Aizu Wakamatsu.

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