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Japan gears up for decisive election

Japanese Prime Minister and ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Shinzo Abe (C) shakes hands with Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) leader Banri Kaieda (L) and co-leader of Japan Restoration Party Toru Hashimoto prior to their political debate in ToCampaigning begins Thursday in an election expected to give Prime Minister Shinzo Abe an almost unbeatable hand, ushering in the stability he needs to fix Japan's floundering economy. Voters nationwide will go to the polls on July 21 to elect half of the 242 seats in the upper house of parliament.