Japanese voters on August 30 began voting for a 480-member House of Representative board in a general election which may create a change of power on the Japanese political arena.

A total of about 51,000 polling stations around the nation opened at 7 a.m and closed at 8 p.m.

According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, around 104 million people nationwide are eligible for voting for the election. Of whom, more than 10.94 million people, or 10.49 percent, already cast their ballots in early voting for the election on Aug. 19-28, representing a record high enthusiasm among voters to choose their leader of government.

Each voter cast two ballots - one to choose a candidate in a single-seat constituency and the other to choose a political party or group for proportional representation.

A total of 1,374 people filed their candidacies with election boards to vie for the 480 lower house seats - 300 for single seat districts and 180 for proportional representation constituencies.

The results of the general election are expected to be known on August 31./.