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Japan election

Inflation becomes a headache for Japan's upper house candidates

Rising paper, gasoline prices likely to push campaign costs to new highs

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will offer a subsidy of 7,700 yen per day to political candidates to help them defray gasoline costs. Source photos by Suzu Takahashi and AP) 

TOKYO -- Rising prices are becoming a problem for candidates hoping to win a seat in Japan's upper house election, which is expected to take place July 10. The cost of running is expected to reach historic highs.

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