The election campaign for Japan's upper house, (the House of Councillors) in which the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) could lose their overall majority, began in earnest in Tokyo on Friday (14 June) with public meetings addressed by the leaders of the main parties.
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Background: The election campaign for Japan's upper house, (the House of Councillors) in which the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) could lose their overall majority, began in earnest in Tokyo on Friday (14 June) with public meetings addressed by the leaders of the main parties. Voting will take place on 7 July.
In various forms, the Liberal Democrats have controlled Japanese politics since the American Occupation Forces allowed the first parliamentary elections in 1947. But the Government's inability to cope with an annual rate of inflation running at more than 30 per cent has increased the support of the "Progressive Parties" -- a loose alliance of anti-LDP parties led by the Japanese Socialist Party.
About 290 candidates are expected to contest the 131 eats that are at stake in the 252-member upper House of Councillors. The House of Councillors has to approve laws passed in the Diet of lower house, and an opposition majority in the House of Councillors could cause deadlock.
Although political candidates in Japan are not allowed by law to spend more than 13,000 pounds sterling (31, 000 US dollars) on campaigning, according to the English-language newspaper Asahi Evening news many of the ruling-party candidates are setting aside 1.5 million sterling (some 3.6 million US dollars) for their election campaigns.
Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka has been promising that his LDP Government will end the price spiral without fail, will improve public welfare and will ensure full employment.
Chairman Tomomi Narita of the Japan Socialist Party on Friday (14 June) appealed for public support in upsetting the Liberal Democratic majority and strongly criticised the Government's economic policies.