A total of 1,033 people are planning to run in the House of Representatives election scheduled for Oct. 22, a Mainichi Shimbun survey has found.
As of Sept. 28, 925 people were set to file their candidacies in single-seat constituencies, while 108 people were eyeing running only on the proportional representation lists.
Of them, 303 belong to the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), 281 to the Japanese Communist Party, 48 are from Nippon Ishin and 36 are from the LDP's junior coalition partner Komeito. Most of the 213 candidates belonging to the largest opposition Democratic Party are expected to secure endorsement from Kibo no To (Party of Hope), a new national party led by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike.
Due to a lack of preparation time before the campaign period officially kicks off on Oct. 10, the final number of candidates is likely to dip below the 1,131 in the 2005 lower house election -- the lowest since the introduction of the system of single-seat constituencies coupled with proportional representation blocks. A total of 1,191 people ran in the last general election in 2014.