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2017 Lower House Election / Over 1,000 to run in lower house poll

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Yomiuri ShimbunMore than 1,000 people are expected to run for the House of Representatives election on Oct. 22, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey as of Thursday. The number is expected to increase, with parties planning to add candidates by Oct. 10, when official campaigning starts.

The Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito have cooperated in deciding their candidates for almost all single-seat constituencies.

There are 289 single-seat constituencies for the upcoming election — a reduction of six seats. Recently incumbent lawmakers belonging to the Democratic Party are expected to leave that party sometime soon and run as candidates of Kibo no To (Party of Hope).

There are 176 seats to be contested under the proportional representation system, a drop of four seats.

More than 100 candidates are expected to run only for the proportional representation system. There is expected to be up to 700 candidates running in both the proportional representation system and single-seat constituencies.Speech

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