Japan kicks off election campaign for upper house
                     English.news.cn | 2013-07-04 15:11:34 | Editor: Hou Qiang

JAPAN-OSAKA-UPPER HOUSE ELECTION CAMPAIGN

Osaka Mayor Hashimoto Toru (C, Front), who is also co-leader of the opposition Japan Restoration Party (JRP), speaks during a campaign in Osaka, Japan, July 4, 2013. Japan on Thursday officially kicked off the election campaign for the House of Councillors, the upper house in the Diet, with ruling coalition's vow to retake the chamber. (Xinhua/Ma Xinghua)

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Japan officially kicks off upper house election campaign

TOKYO, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Japan on Thursday officially kicked off the election campaign for the House of Councillors, the upper house in the Diet, with ruling coalition's vow to retake the chamber.

Half of the 242 seats in the upper house are up for grabs every three year under the combination of constituencies and proportional representation, while about 430 candidates are expected to compete for the 121 rotating seats this time.  Full story

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