Election poster and loudspeaker in Tokyo
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Japan election: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on victory path

19 July 2013 Last updated at 11:50 BST

Japan goes to the polls this weekend to elect a new upper house.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party is expected to secure a big victory.

The BBC's Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, in Tokyo, asks what impact this could have on Japan's economic and social future.