(MENAFN) As candidates for Japan's upper legislative chamber began their campaigns on Wednesday amid impending elections, rising inflation and Russia's conflict in Ukraine have emerged as contentious themes.
On July 10, 125 seats are going to be up for election as the ruling coalition fights to keep control of the 248-member senate, also known as the House of Councilors in the nation.
The incumbent Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) just needs 56 seats this time to retain its majority in a partnership with the Komeito party.
A sum of 530 candidates are expected to run for the six-year terms. Half of the Senate's seats are active for election every three years.
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