TOKYO: A total of 951 people plan to run in the Oct. 31 general election in Japan, a JIJI Press survey found Thursday.
In the election for the 465-seat House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, the country’s parliament, the number of candidates is expected to grow further toward Tuesday, when the campaign period kicks off.
Currently, 827 people aim to fight in single-seat constituencies while 124 others are set to vie for seats under the proportional representation system.
In the ruling coalition, the Liberal Democratic Party plans to field 310 candidates and its junior partner Komeito 53.
On the other hand, the leading opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan intends to endorse 216 candidates and the Japanese Communist Party 131 candidates under an election cooperation deal with the CDP.
Also in the opposition bloc, excluding independents, 91 candidates will be fielded by Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Innovation Party), 26 by the Democratic Party for the People, 23 by Reiwa Shinsengumi, 15 by the Social Democratic Party and 30 by NHK to Saiban Shiteru To Bengoshihou 72 Jyo Ihan De.
Meanwhile, 35 people, mainly veteran lawmakers of the LDP, Komeito and the CDP, will retire from politics without running in the election.
In the LDP, they include Tadamori Oshima, who served as speaker of the Lower House until Thursday’s breakup of the chamber, former Chief Cabinet Secretary Takeo Kawamura and former Lower House Speaker Bunmei Ibuki.
Masataka Ota, former leader of Komeito, and Hirotaka Akamatsu of the CDP, former vice speaker of the lower chamber, will also retire.
Shiori Yamao of the DPFP will not seek reelection as a Lower House lawmaker to focus on political activities outside Nagatacho, Japan’s Capitol Hill.