Abe nears two-thirds majority: Survey
PRIME Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition is heading for a twothirds majority in Japan’s forthcoming election, surveys suggested, 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.
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his speech during an election campaign in Yaizu, Shizuoka prefecture, on Wednesday.