Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C), who is also leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), raises his fist with his party members at the start day of campaigning for the 21 July upper house election in Tokyo, 4 July 2013
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Japan election: Abe set to win key upper house vote

Polls have opened in Japan for upper house elections expected to deliver a win for PM Shinzo Abe.

Half of the 242 seats in the chamber are up for grabs.

Polls show Mr Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its allies could secure a majority, meaning a ruling party would control both houses of parliament for the first time in six years.

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports from Tokyo.

  • 21 Jul 2013
  • From the section Asia
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