‘Abe nears two-thirds ma­jor­ity in elec­tion’

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Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe’s rul­ing coali­tion is head­ing for a two-thirds ma­jor­ity in Ja­pan’s forth­com­ing elec­tion, sur­veys sug­gested to­day, as a new party founded by pop­u­lar Tokyo gov­er­nor Yuriko Koike runs out of steam.

Abe’s con­ser­va­tive Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party (LDP) and its ju­nior coali­tion part­ner Komeito are likely to win around 300 of 465 seats in the Oc­to­ber 22 elec­tion, ac­cord­ing to polls by Ky­odo News and the Nikkei busi­ness daily.

Mass-cir­cu­la­tion Yomi­uri Shim­bun said the LDP could se­cure a sta­ble ma­jor­ity on its own, with­out need­ing its coali­tion part­ner.

A two-thirds ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment would al­low Abe to push through an amend­ment to Ja­pan’s paci­fist con­sti­tu­tion.

The premier has called for changes to the US- im­posed law so it can turn its self-de­fence forces into a full-fledged army. Sup­port for Koike’s newly founded Party of Hope, which has trans­formed Ja­pan’s po­lit­i­cal land­scape and swal­lowed up the op­po­si­tion Demo­cratic Party, ap­pears to be de­flat­ing, with sur­veys pre­dict­ing it might win around 60 seats. A new cen­tre-left group­ing of DP mem­bers that did not jump on the Tokyo gov­er­nor’s band­wagon could clinch 40 seats.

— REUTERS

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