Abe Sets Ruling Bloc's Winning Bar at Upper House Majority

Politics

Tokyo, June 22 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday set the win-or-lose bar for the ruling coalition in this summer's House of Councillors election at the majority of seats in the upper chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament.

The prime minister spoke of the line dividing victory from defeat for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito, when he appeared in an Internet program and a television program the same day.

"The focal point of the election will be on the political stability," Abe, also president of the LDP, said, vowing that he will put all his effort into securing the number of seats that will enable stable political administration.

While he did not clarify what he meant by the term majority, his target was apparently based on the total 245 seats in the post-election Upper House, including those that will not be contested in the upcoming election.

The bar is not high, as the LDP can lose around 25 seats from the total number of seats currently held by the party and the ruling coalition will still be able to reach the target, if Komeito manages to maintain all of its current seats.

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