Published On: Mon, Oct 23rd, 2017

Japan PM Shinzo Abe’s coalition wins general election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition has won a resounding victory in Sunday’s general election, according to exit polls.
On hearing of his victory PM Shinzo Abe said that he would “firmly deal with” threats from North Korea.

The public broadcaster NHK put Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) coalition at 312 seats, allowing it to retain its two-thirds “super majority”.

This is vital to his ambition to revise Japan’s post-war pacifist constitution.
Article 9 of the constitution, enacted by the country’s American occupiers in 1947, calls for the complete renunciation of war.

Japan has worked around the rule by stating that its army exists for the purposes of defence, but Abe has long made it clear that he wishes to revise the rule.

He said he would try to “gain support from as many people as possible” for the task.

– News First

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