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Shinzo Abe achieves easy re-election in Japan's election

Conservative Japanese Prime Minister achieves a mandate to harden his position towards North Korea

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Shinzo Abe achieves easy re-election in Japan's election

The bet has turned out well for Shinzo Abe. The Conservative prime Minister will become most durable of Japanese history, and will have an absolute super majority in lower house, allowing him to open way for a reform of pacifist constitution. This is what Japanese media and ir polls are sure to take after early legislative elections held this Sunday.

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There have been no surprises. As expected, Abe, who convened polls last month — more than a year ahead of schedule — to take advantage of divisions in opposition, has easily overcome challenge presented by its opponents. According to poll at foot of poll of television TBS, Liberal Democrat Party (PLD) of Prime Minister and its new ally Komeito achieve 311 seats, of total of 465 with which lower house counts.

Instead, Party of Hope (Kibo No to), which at beginning of election campaign seemed to represent a serious alternative to LDP's dominance, has confirmed disenchantment that voters showed in polls prior to election Day: It will only get 50 seats. In Progressive field, Democratic constitutional party achieved better results than expected, albeit even at a distance from government training.

The participation was harmed by temporary fort that Japan struck this Sunday. Tens of thousands of citizens were evacuated and hundreds of suspended flights due to proximity of Typhoon Lan.


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