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Japan's ruling LDP has seen its support base shift from younger to older voters ahead of key upper house elections on July 10.
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Boon or bane? Japan's LDP boosts support among older voters

Ruling party struggles to win over more 20- and 30-somethings ahead of July election

SHOTARO MIYASAKA, HIROSHI ASAHINA and MASAYUKI KUBOTA, Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO -- Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party is riding strong support into the upper house elections on July 10, thanks to its growing popularity among older voters who appear to like that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who has been in office for nine months now, has made wealth distribution part of his economic policies.

Perhaps for the same reason, however, the party is struggling to appeal to voters in their 20s and 30s, a key support base for the LDP under former prime ministers Yoshihide Suga and Shinzo Abe, Kishida's immediate predecessors.

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