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Ambivalent Mandate for the Abe CabinetTakenaka Harukata

Was the ruling coalition’s landslide in the recent general election a sweeping mandate for Prime Minister Abe’s economic policies, as the government has claimed? Political scientist Takenaka Harukata suggests otherwise, arguing that voter support for the status quo rests on disillusionment with the opposition and uncertainty about the long-term success of “Abenomics.”

2013 House of Councillors Election Results at a Glance

The House of Councillors election on July 21, 2013, gave the Liberal Democratic Party and New Kōmeitō a healthy majority in the upper house. As a result, the so-called twisted Diet, with the upper and lower houses of the parliament under the control of opposing parties, has been eliminated after dominating Japanese politics since the 2007 House of Councillors election.

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