Japan's politicians were out on the streets this week campaigning for the General Elections which take place on Sunday (22 June).
CU PULL BACK TO SVS Election posters (4 shots)
SV In Aomono, Yoko-cho, LDP candidate for Tokyo 2 constituency. Mr Shintaro Ishihara speaking in Japanese as crowd listen (2 shots)
SV Mr Shintaro Ishihara shaking hands with constituents
GV Mr Ishihara's loudspeaker van touring streets
SV JSP candidate, Mr Shizuo Wada, making speech from vehicle in front of Kawasaki City Station. Crowd listen (3 shots)
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Background: Japan's politicians were out on the streets this week campaigning for the General Elections which take place on Sunday (22 June). The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has been greatly encouraged by public opinion polls, which predict its return to power.
SYNOPSIS: Political commentators say that the death earlier this month of Prime Minister Masayoshi Ohira will bring together the different factions of the ruling party, and may produce some sympathy votes. As an LDP candidate, Mr Shintaro Ishihara, campaigned in Tokyo on Wednesday (18 June), the latest opinion polls showed increased support for his party. Opposition parties took heart from the fact that, in the past, Japanese Polls have been notoriously wrong. After the election, the leaders of the LDP will hold a Party caucus to decide on a successor for Mr Ohira.
The LDP has ruled Japan since 1955. They are basing their campaign on their political stability and the high standard of living enjoyed by the Japanese for the past 25 years.
The opposition parties hope to take enough votes from the LDP to force it into a coalition government, but they are not presenting a united policy. In an effort to win votes, the Socialist Party (JSP), seen here campaigning in Kawasaki, have moderated their stand on security and defence questions. They have moved away from the Communists towards a position closer to the other Centrist parties.