Upper House campaign begins with economy-focused opposition

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Campaigning began on Wednesday for an upper house election which, despite minimal threat posed by the opposition, could still define Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s term. After only nine months of work, a strong showing in the July 10 poll would allow the prime minister to put his own stamp on both the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the country’s political leadership.

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Kishida addressed issues such as falling birth rates, depopulation in rural areas and an aging society during his campaign opening speech on Wednesday morning in the city of Fukushima – a region in northeast China. country still marked by the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the nuclear disaster. of 2011.

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