Japan's 9 party leaders rack up 110,000 km in campaign travel

The total distance traveled by leaders of nine Japanese political parties during the upper house election campaign has reached around 110,000 kilometers, or more than two and a half times around the globe, party documents showed Saturday.

Since official campaigning for the House of Councillors election started on July 4, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had visited 36 of the country's 47 prefectures through Friday as chief of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, traveling 19,368 km to push his "Abenomics" policies to revive the economy.

Banri Kaieda, who heads the main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, covered 16,500 km in 28 prefectures, focusing on employment and social security issues.

Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of the LDP's coalition partner New Komeito party, traveled 13,582 km, stressing the need to resolve the division in parliament where the opposition bloc controls the upper house.

Among the other leaders, Your Party's Yoshimi Watanabe traveled 11,195 km, People's Life Party's Ichiro Ozawa 7,332 km, Japanese Communist Party's Kazuo Shii 15,507 km and Social Democratic Party's Mizuho Fukushima 18,355 km.