Voting Underway In Upper House Election

Voting underway in Upper House election

Voters in Japan have been filing into polling stations since Sunday morning.

Candidates for Upper House seats are anxiously awaiting the results. The polls are set to close at 8 p.m. Japan local time.

Half of the Upper House seats are up for grabs. The election may prove to be a barometer of public opinion on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's six and a half years in power. 370 candidates are running for 124 seats.

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