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Japan election

Five things to know about Japan's upper house election

Abe seeks a big victory to advance the constitutional revision debate

Japanese Prime Minister and ruling Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe attends a debate with main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan leader Yukio Edano on Wednesday in Tokyo.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The campaign for Japan's upper house election officially kicked off on Thursday, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition likely to see off a splintered opposition in the July 21 vote.

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