Outsider party appears to upstage Japan’s Abe as election campaign kicks off

Tokyo( CNN) Japanese politicians spring into campaign mode Tuesday as the countdown to the country’s snap the parliamentary elections— scheduled for October 22 — begins.

In the course of the coming weeks, candidates will take to the streets, plastering neighborhoods with fliers and posters, and drumming up subsistence via car-mounted loudspeakers as they contest 465 seats in the Diet, Japan’s parliament.

Final registration for candidacy takes place Tuesday, and while it remains unlikely, former defense minister and current Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has still not been ruled out operating for a seat in the Diet, as the head of the newly-formed Party of Hope.

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