|Candidates' information is available at polling stations (Photo: VOV)
A total of 545 candidates are vying for the 125 seats. Most of their perspective is to stabilize prices, and implement foreign and security policies, particularly strengthening national defense capacity. The four pro-constitutional reform parties - the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), its junior coalition partner Komeito, Nippon Ishin (Japan Innovation Party), and the Democratic Party for the People - will compete for seats with parties that do not support constitutional reform.
Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, Head of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), aims to help the ruling coalition maintain its majority in the upper house. As the ruling bloc has a combined 70 seats that are not up for re-election, it needs to win 55 seats, or 44% of those contested on Sunday, to keep control of the chamber and claim victory. The target is seen as doable for Kishida.