Election officers count votes at a ballot counting centre in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters

Japan’s ruling bloc on track to maintain upper house majority

  • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner are expected to win 63 of the 124 seats up for grabs
  • Abe has sought an endorsement of ‘political stability’ to pursue his policy goals, including long-envisioned constitutional reform
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Election officers count votes at a ballot counting centre in Tokyo. Photo: Reuters
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: Bloomberg

Explained: what’s at stake in Japan’s 2019 upper house election?

  • The ruling LDP-Komeito coalition maintains its lead over the lacklustre opposition parties, and is poised to retain its two-thirds supermajority
  • It is likely to be Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s final campaign, as he has promised to not contest another term as LDP leader after 2021
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: Bloomberg
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