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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.

Many candidates and their supporters gearing up for the race share a headache with voters: everything is more expensive.

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