October 6, 2017 5:06 pm JST

Abe's big gamble, Koike's big ambition

Japan's election campaign for the lower house of parliament has started, with applications filed to contest 465 seats. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had called the snap election for Oct. 22, with the hope of building support to revise the pacifist constitution. But Tokyo's popular governor, Yuriko Koike, has surprised these plans by forming a national party, and making an Abe victory far less certain. Explore the Nikkei Asian Review's in-depth election coverage here.

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