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Lack of enthusiasm limits chance of Japan election upset

Main parties are offering voters a meaningful choice for the country's future

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (center) poses with Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Akira Amari and other senior party figures at the parliament building after the House of Representatives was dissolved last week ahead of the Oct. 31 general election.   © Kyodo

Tobias Harris is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, an independent, nonpartisan policy institute. He is the author of "The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan."

At a press conference following the dissolution of Japan's House of Representatives last week, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida offered stark words about the choice facing voters in the Oct. 31 general election.

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