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848 Preparing to Run in Japan General Election

848 Preparing to Run in Japan General Election

   Tokyo, April 29 (Jiji Press)--A total of 848 people are preparing to run in the next general election for the House of Representatives to be held by autumn, a Jiji Press survey showed Thursday.
   They will vie for 289 seats in single-seat constituencies and 176 proportional representation seats in the lower chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament.
   Observers are leaning toward the view that Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will dissolve the chamber for a snap election after the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games end in September. The election has to take place before the Lower House members reach the end of their term Oct. 21.
   The ruling Liberal Democratic Party has informally selected candidates in 265 single-seat constituencies.
   In seven other constituencies, more than one person has shown interest in running as LDP candidates. Meanwhile, the party has decided not to put up its own candidates in nine constituencies where its coalition partner, Komeito, has selected candidates.

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