Ja­pan’s Abe Claims Vic­tory In Par­lia­men­tary Elec­tion

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Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe claimed vic­tory on Sun­day for his rul­ing coali­tion in Par­lia­men­tary elec­tions, which came de­spite luke­warm pub­lic sup­port for his eco­nomic poli­cies and wari­ness over amend­ing the coun­try’s paci­fist con­sti­tu­tion. Mr Abe, in power since late 2012, has yet to achieve a strong re­cov­ery in the world’s third­largest econ­omy through un­con­ven­tional mea­sures cen­tred on mas­sive easy money and other steps — so-called Abe­nomics. Vot­ers have also ex­pressed mis­giv­ings about his cher­ished dream of mak­ing changes to the coun­try’s con­sti­tu­tion, im­posed by the United States af­ter Ja­pan’s de­feat in World War II and which pro­hibits it from wag­ing war. How­ever, his Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party (LDP) and the Bud­dhist-backed Komeito­gained as pub­lic con­fi­dence in the abil­ity of op­po­si­tion par­ties was even lower.

Mr Abe seized on the elec­tion re­sults for half the seats in Par­lia­ment’s up­per house as a vote of con­fi­dence. “I’m re­lieved that we were able to se­cure more than ... half the seats con­tested,” he told pri­vate broad­caster TBS tele­vi­sion about two hours af­ter polls closed at 8pm (1100 GMT).

“I think (vot­ers) told us to firmly ac­cel­er­ate Abe­nomics.” The LDP and Komeito were set to take at least 66 of the 121 seats up for grabs — half the cham­ber’s to­tal — up from 59 pre­vi­ously, pub­lic broad­caster NHK said.

Its pro­jec­tion and sim­i­lar es­ti­mates by other me­dia were based on in­com­ing re­sults and their own analysis. Times of In­dia

Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe.

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