Japan PM Abe’s ruling bloc on track for big election win, according to exit polls

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe during his meeting with Danish PM Lars Loekke Rasmussen on July 10, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Japanese PM Shinzo Abe during his meeting with Danish PM Lars Loekke Rasmussen on July 10, 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition was on track for a big win in Sunday’s election, media exit polls showed, potentially re-energizing a push towards his cherished goal of revising the post-war, pacifist constitution.

Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) coalition was set to win 311 seats, keeping its two-thirds “super majority” within the 465-member lower house, an exit poll by TBS television showed.

Some some other broadcasters had the ruling bloc slightly below the two-thirds mark.

A hefty win raises the likelihood in which Abe, who took office in December 2012, will win a third three-year-term as LDP leader next September in addition to go on to become Japan’s longest-serving premier. in which also means his “Abenomics” growth strategy centred on the hyper-easy monetary policy will likely continue.

The U.S.-drafted constitution’s Article 9, if taken literally, bans the maintenance of armed forces. although Japanese governments have interpreted in which to allow a military exclusively for self-defence. Backers of Abe’s proposal say in which might just codify the status quo. Critics fear in which might allow an expanded role overseas for the military.

The LDP’s junior partner, the Komeito, will be cautious about changing the constitution, drawn up after World War Two, although media have forecast in which the LDP in addition to pro-revision opposition parties are on track for the two-thirds majority needed to begin to make adjustments.

Abe said he needed a brand new mandate to tackle a “national crisis” by North Korea’s missile in addition to nuclear threats in addition to a fast-aging population. He called the poll amid confusion within the opposition camp in addition to an uptick in his ratings, dented earlier within the year by suspected cronyism scandals.

A brand new conservative party, the Party of trust, led by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, was jostling having a brand new liberal opposition party, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, for the top opposition spot, the exit polls showed. Koike’s party had lost steam by early within the campaign, while the CDPJ picked up momentum.

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