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Abe’s Election Ploy Pays OffOnoe Kimitoshi

The October 22 snap election for the House of Representatives was short on substance, but Prime Minister Abe Shinzō’s bid to catch the opposition off-balance paid off spectacularly, as an old challenger fractured and a new one fizzled. Veteran journalist Onoe Kimitoshi examines the political calculations and missteps behind the latest Liberal Democratic Party landslide and the challenges that lie ahead for the government.
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Turnout Put at 2nd-Lowest in Japan Lower House Election (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)—Voter turnout for single-seat constituencies in Sunday's election for the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, is projected at around 53.69%, the second-lowest in the post-World War II period, a Jiji Press estimate showed Monday. The figure is higher than the post war low of 52.66% marked in the previous Lower House election in 2014. The low …
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Abe’s Ruling Bloc Scores Landslide Victory in Lower House (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 23 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Kōmeitō, scored a landslide victory in the crucial general election on Sunday, helping Abe to consolidate his grip on power nearly five years after returning to the nation's top office. In the closely watched election, the LDP and Kōmeitō won 313 seats in the House of Representat…
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30% Planning to Vote for LDP in October 22 Election: Jiji Poll (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)—A Jiji Press survey found Friday that 30.7% of voters are planning to vote for Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's Liberal Democratic Party in the proportional representation blocs of the October 22 House of Representatives election. Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko's Party of Hope came second with support from 11.8%, according to the survey, conducted nationwide for four days th…
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Credible Opposition to Japan’s Conservatives Beyond HopeKen Victor Leonard Hijino

Japanese politics is roiling on the surface again, with old parties splintering and new parties emerging at a breathless pace ahead of the 2017 snap general election. But it is doubtful if all of this turmoil will make any substantial difference for the dominance of the conservatives.
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Election Season Kicks Off: Parties Line Up for October 22 Contest

On October 10, 2017, the campaigning officially kicked off for the House of Representatives election slated for October 22. So far the election has been spun primarily as a referendum on the performance of the administration of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō. The cards seem stacked against Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Kōmeitō, in terms of extending their lead in the lower h…
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DP to Unite with Koike’s New Party to Fight Ruling Bloc in Coming Poll (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)—Democratic Party leader Maehara Seiji has made up his mind to have the main Japanese opposition party effectively unite with a new party led by popular Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko, in a bid to defeat Prime Minister Abe Shinzō's ruling coalition in the upcoming general election, it was learned on Wednesday. The House of Representatives, the all-important lower chambe…
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Abe’s Comeback and the General Election OutlookTobias Harris

On September 25, Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō held a press conference at which he announced that, upon the opening of the autumn extraordinary session of the Diet on September 28, he would dissolve the House of Representatives and call a general election for October 22. The election comes as a surprise after a summer in which Abe’s net approval ratings (based on Japan Political Pulse’s mo…
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Koike’s New Party Seeks to “Reset Japan” (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 27 (Jiji Press)—Tokyo Governor Koike Yuriko said Wednesday Kibō no Tō (party of hope), a new political party headed by her, will aim to "reset Japan" with bold reforms and politics not constrained by vested interests. "I'm launching Kibō no Tō in order to reset Japan," Koike told a press conference to mark her party's establishment. "Now is the time to be bold and carry out politic…
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Abe Announces Decision to Dissolve Lower House on September 28 (News)

Tokyo, Sept. 25 (Jiji Press)—Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō said on Monday that he will dissolve the House of Representatives at the beginning of an extraordinary session of the Diet on Thursday, calling a snap election. The election for the powerful lower chamber of the Diet will be held on October 22, with the official campaign period starting on October 10, according to informed sources.…
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