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Japan election

Japan heads to polls as Abe seeks voter support of agenda

Prime minister keen on revising pacifist constitution after upper house election

A voter casts a ballot at a voting station during Japan's upper house election in Tokyo on July 21.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Polls opened in Japan on Sunday for the triennial election for the House of Councilors, the upper chamber of the country's bicameral parliament, a day after leaders of the ruling and opposition parties made their last-minute pitches to voters.

The camps clashed over issues including the planned increase in the consumption tax in October and pension and other social security issues during the 17-day official campaign period.

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