In the Lower House election, Japan’s ruling LDP is on a knife’s edge


Only two other Japanese prime ministers had utilised chartered flights to campaign during an election before Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. In the 2009 Lower House election, Mr Taro Aso of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). In the 2010 Upper House election, Mr Naoto Kan was of the now-defunct Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ).
Scheduled flights were the usual means of air travel, but they had employed chartered flights out of desperation to cover more ground. Despite this, both elections were lost by the dominant parties of the time. So Mr Kishida will be hoping for a third time fortunate in Sunday’s Lower House election, which has a slew of close races.
Mr Kishida said in a campaign speech in Saitama, north of Tokyo, on Saturday that “this election is a dead heat.” “It’s a very tight race.”
A series of media polls conducted over the last week have yielded mixed findings. The LDP is widely anticipated to lose seats in the Lower House, which was dissolved for the elections on Sunday.
According to media polls, between 40 and 80 single-seat races are expected to be close, and all eyes are on whether the LDP can get a simple majority on its own. A total of 465 seats are up for grabs, with 289 coming from single-seat districts and 176 from proportional representation blocs, and a simple majority of 233 is required to win.


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