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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 - 13:26
Japan kicks off election campaigning in 'Abenomics referendum'
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Official campaigning kicked off in Japan today ahead of a December 14th national poll that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has described as a referendum on his faltering "Abenomics" growth blitz.

More than 1,180 candidates nationwide were vying for 475 legislative seats in the powerful lower house of parliament, with Abe's Liberal Democratic Party seen as likely to cruise to a comfortable majority.

The 60-year-old premier still has two years left in his mandate, but he called for the vote in the wake of his decision last month to delay a planned sales tax hike to 10 per cent next year.
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