Japan's election campaign kicked off Tuesday with party leaders making pitches near the disaster-struck Fukushima plant, setting the tone for a poll set to be dominated by nuclear power and the sluggish economy.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (2nd R) of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan delivers a campaign speech in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture on December 4, 2012. Japan's election campaign has kicked off with party leaders making pitches near the disaster-struck Fukushima plant
Around 1,500 candidates, fielded by 12 parties or standing as independents, are vying for the 480 seats in the lower house of parliament in the December 16 election.
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