Campaigning begins for Japan’s snap election

2014-12-02 13:14
Surrounded by candidates of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gestures as he delivers a speed on a top of a campaign car during his stumping tour for the general election. (Toru Yamanaka, AFP)

Surrounded by candidates of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gestures as he delivers a speed on a top of a campaign car during his stumping tour for the general election. (Toru Yamanaka, AFP)

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Tokyo - Official campaigning began in Japan Tuesday ahead of a snap general election called for 14 December.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic policies were at the centre of the parties' campaigns, according to news reports.

Abe announced the election on 18 November, seeking a fresh mandate for his "Abenomics" programme to revive the Japanese economy, which has faltered in recent months as measured by negative GDP figures and slowing inflation.

On Monday, credit ratings agency Moody's cut Japan's rating from Aa3 to A1, the first downgrade by a major agency since 2012, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Candidates from Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and opposition parties also clashed over security issues and the reintroduction of nuclear power, Kyodo news agency reported.

Both Abe and Banri Kaieda, leader of the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, were reported to have made their first stump speeches in Fukushima prefecture, which is still recovering from the 2011 nuclear disaster.

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