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Japan election

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People attend a Coming of Age Day celebration ceremony in Tokyo: Youth in Japan have few opportunities to change society through their actions, experts say. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)

TOKYO -- When Prime Minister Fumio Kishida dissolved parliament in mid-October, the Shibuya ward office placed a sash announcing the lower house election on Hachiko, the faithful hound whose statue sits at the world-renown intersection. The target audience were the young adults who crowd around the popular rendezvous spot.

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