Campaign billboards await candidates’ posters

The Yomiuri Shimbun

Workers prepare numbered billboards, which will be used to display posters during the upcoming House of Councillors election campaign, at a company in Shibukawa, Gunma Prefecture, on Tuesday. Hokkan Screen Inc. received orders for about 2,500 of the poster-bearing boards from 12 municipalities in the prefecture and started producing them in mid-May. The billboards will be delivered by next week. The government decides the date of an upper house election only after the end of the ordinary Diet session. The company has prepared two types of boards — ones with a blank space for the date and the ones with the expected election date of July 10 — since some municipalities prefer setting up the boards early. The municipal government of Nakanojo, which ordered billboards with the date on them, said the town will erect the boards while covering the date until it is fixed.