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Japanese election's biggest loser: policy debate

LDP and Constitutional Dems focus on tactics over economy and diplomacy

Yukio Edano, head of the Constitutional Democratic Party, asks Prime Minister Fumio Kishida a question in the lower house on Oct. 11. (Photo by Uichiro Kasai)

TOKYO -- Even with Japan's lower house parliamentary election now over and the results known, it is not entirely clear what the candidates were fighting over.

Control of the government hinged on this vote, yet in many respects little daylight separated the platforms of new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's ruling coalition and the opposition.

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