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Seven things to know about Japan's lower house elections

Two new political parties emerge as 1,180 candidates vie for 465 seats

MITSURU OBE, Nikkei staff writer, and KAZUKI KAGAYA, Nikkei senior staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Japanese voters cast their ballots on Oct. 22 in an election that saw 1,180 candidates fighting for 465 lower house seats. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the lower house on Sept. 28. Here is a brief explanation of how parliamentary elections work in Japan.

Why do these elections matter?

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