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Voting Begins in Japan's Upper House Election

21 Jul 2019, 18:36 GMT+10

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Voters across Japan began casting their ballots on Sunday in the upper house election, which is expected to be a barometer of public opinion on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe';s six and a half years in power.

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In most parts of the country, polling stations will close at 8:00 p.m. local time and vote counting will start as soon as the voting ends, Xinhua news agency reported.

Members of the upper house serve six-year terms, with about half the seats up for grabs every three years.

In Sunday';s election, 124 seats are up for grabs, including three that are newly added.

With a total of 370 candidates vying for the seats, key platform issues include amending the Constitution, hiking the consumption tax, and the state';s pension system.

Abe has said his victory line for his Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito is to maintain a majority, or 123 seats, of the slots in the 245-seat chamber.

Holding 70 of the seats in the uncontested half, the coalition needs to win 53 to keep control of the upper house.

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