Voting Underway In Japan's Upper House Election

Voting underway in Japan's Upper House election

It's voting day here in Japan and people across the country are casting their ballots in the Upper House election.

In most parts of the country, polling stations will be open until 8 PM. Officials will start tallying the votes as soon as polls close.

Half of the Upper House seats are up for grabs, in an election that may prove to be a barometer of public opinion on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's six and a half years in power.

Key platform issues include amending the Constitution, hiking the consumption tax, and the state's pension system.

Tonight, 124 seats are up for grabs, including 3 that are newly added.

It's part of an effort to address a long-standing disparity in the value of individual votes.

Concerns have been raised that votes cast in sparsely populated areas are worth more than those in densely populated ones.