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Inflation tops the agenda in Japanese election campaign

Japanese people passing by look at a panel of  posters of candidates running for the the House of Councilors election.
Japanese people passing by look at a panel of posters of candidates running for the the House of Councilors election.
Former prime minister Shinzo Abe (L) gives a speech in support of former Olympic volleyball player Kentaro Asahi, a candidate for the House of Councilors. (ANJ/ Pierre Boutier)
Former prime minister Shinzo Abe (L) gives a speech in support of former Olympic volleyball player Kentaro Asahi, a candidate for the House of Councilors. (ANJ/ Pierre Boutier)
Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Koichi Hagiuda (center) gives a speech in support of former Olympic volleyball player Kentaro Asahi, a candidate for the House of Councilors. (ANJ/ Pierre Boutier)
Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Koichi Hagiuda (center) gives a speech in support of former Olympic volleyball player Kentaro Asahi, a candidate for the House of Councilors. (ANJ/ Pierre Boutier)
Former leader of Constitutional Party Yukio Edano (center) gives a speech in support of the candidate for the House of Councilors  Akihiro Matso. (ANJ/ Pierre Boutier)
Former leader of Constitutional Party Yukio Edano (center) gives a speech in support of the candidate for the House of Councilors Akihiro Matso. (ANJ/ Pierre Boutier)
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23 Jun 2022 07:06:49 GMT9
23 Jun 2022 07:06:49 GMT9
Arab News Japan

TOKYO: Campaigns for the July 10 national election for the House of Councillors has started and the candidates have been concentrating on inflation and the high cost of living.

One of the candidates from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, former Olympic volleyball player Kentaro Asahi, supported the policies of Prime Minister KISHIDA Fumio as he campaigned in the busy Shinjuku district.

Economy Minister HAGIUDA Koichi came to support  and former Prime Minister ABE Shinzo gave a speech of encouragement, touting his plans for constitutional amendments on defense changes in view of the situation in Ukraine and Taiwan. There were, however, some dissenting voices on the streets who were vocal in their opposition to government policies.

At Nakano Station in Tokyo, a popular area for young people, Yukio Edano the former leader of the Democratic Constitutional Party, expressed concern about rising international tensions and stagnating wages.

Popular politician Taro Yamamoto backed measures that included the abolition of the consumption tax, which currently stands at 10 percent and which affects the purchasing power of households.

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