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Japan Opposition Tries To Chip Away At Prime Minister Abe -

Recommended: Think you know Japan? Take our quiz to find out. Scenarios range from the LDP and its partner, the Komeito party, adding a bit to the two-thirds majority they had before Abe called the poll, to the LDP losing 40 or more seats in a showing that would undermine his ability to push painful economic reforms and controversial policies such as easing the limits of a home page pacifist constitution on the military. Photos of the Day Photos of the day 12/01 For the first time since its founding in 1998, the DPJ is not running enough candidates to win a majority of the 475 seats up for grabs on its own. Japanese media said the party was fielding 198 candidates. Final figures will be available later on Tuesday, the official start of the election campaign. The LDP had 295 out of 480 seats before the lower house dissolution, while the Komeito had 31 and the DPJ 55. "If the LDP loses much more than 30 webpage seats, people inside the party will begin to wonder if this is the right path for the LDP," said Steven Reed, a professor at Chuo University.
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