Japan's six party leaders join hands at start of televised election debate in Tokyo.
Japan's six party leaders join hands at the start of a televised election debate at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo August 29, 2005. The leaders are (L-R) the People's New Party's Tamisuke Watanuki, the New Komeito Party's Takenori Kanzaki, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's leader and Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, the main opposition Democratic Party's Katsuya Okada, Japan's Communist Party's Kazuo Shii and Japan's Socialist Party's Mizuho Fukushima. The leaders squared off in the debate on Monday, one day before the official start of a campaign for a general election that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi says is a referendum on reform. REUTERS/Kimimasa Mayama KM/VP