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Over 1,170 running in election as campaigning kicks off

A total of 1,177 people had filed their candidacies for the upcoming House of Representatives election as of noon on Oct. 10, as campaigning began across the country the same day.

Authorities began accepting candidates for the Oct. 22 poll at 8:30 a.m. As of 1:05 p.m., 933 individuals had filed their candidacies in single-seat constituencies, while 244 are running in proportional representation blocs. The 244 candidates in the proportional representation bloc do not include those who are running for both single-seat constituencies and proportional representation seats.

Some political parties were lagging behind in submitting their lists of candidates for proportional representation blocs.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) put up 332 candidates -- those in single-seat constituencies and others running only on proportional representation lists.

The Party of Hope, a new national party led by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, fielded 235 candidates as it ultimately aims to win 233 seats -- or just over half of the powerful lower chamber's 465 seats.

Komeito, the LDP's junior coalition partner, fielded 53 candidates, while the Japanese Communist Party put up 243. The Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, which splintered from the largest opposition Democratic Party, fielded 78 candidates, while Nippon Ishin put up 52.

In the last general election held in 2014, 959 people joined the race in single-seat constituencies and 232 ran only on the proportional representation lists, for a total of 1,191.

People gather in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward to listen to a general election candidate make their first speech of the campaign, on Oct. 10, 2017. (Mainichi, image partially modified)

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