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    Campaigning was in its final stages in Japan on Thursday (December 7) for a general election that is expected to consolidate the position of Premier Kakuei Tanaka and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

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    Campaigning was in its final stages in Japan on Thursday (December 7) for a general election that is expected to consolidate the position of Premier Kakuei Tanaka and his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

    The general election, to be held on December 10, is the first since the Prime Minister assumed power in Japan four months ago.

    But it is not expected to led to any major change in the 491-seat lower house--now dominated by his party with 297 seats. Instead, the election is expected to indicate the trend of domestic and foreign policy by showing whether an opposition coalition government is feasible in the foreseeable future.

    Mr. Tanaka is seeking to capitalise on his popularity as the man who established diplomatic relations with China--as well as seeking a mandate for sweeping economic and social reforms. Public opinion polls give him more than sixty per cent support--the largest of any postwar government soon after assuming office.

    For the opposition, it is largely a make-or-break election. The socialists, with 87 seats, are trying to climb back on a platform that bitterly attacks the government for doubling defence spending over the next five years. The Right wing Komeito party, with 47 seats, and the splinter Democratic Socialists with 29 seats, are cooperating on a platform that stresses a change in welfare politics--while the Communists, who have 14 seats but are considered a rising force in the country--want a natural Japan free of the U.S. Japan Security Treaty.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8NQA2U2XGD4Y5QT1AMA2Q7QER
    Media URN:
    VLVA8NQA2U2XGD4Y5QT1AMA2Q7QER
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/12/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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