Japan’s Shinzo Abe Re-Elected with Supermajority

Abe at a press conference at his party office after a massive elections victory. Photo: PM Abe's elections campaign website
Abe at a press conference at his party office after a massive elections victory. Photo: PM Abe's elections campaign website

Shinzo Abe has won the snap elections with a supermajority. The ruling coalition has won 312 out of 465 seats in the Japanese Parliament.

This supermajority in the snap elections is big enough to push through Shinzo Abe’s ambitious agenda.

After the election victory was confirmed, Abe promised ‘strong diplomacy’ to force North Korea to halt its nuclear ambition.

“We were able to earn the powerful support of the Japanese people, well surpassing our goal,” Abe told the press.

“My immediate task is to deal with North Korea. It will take tough diplomacy. With the mandate given by the people, I would like to exercise my command in diplomacy.”

Abe said he believed the missing Japanese citizens have been kidnapped and held in North Korea.

“I will pursue decisive and strong diplomacy to tackle North Korea’s missile, nuclear and abduction issues and put further pressure to get it to change its policy,” he said.

Earlier a public broadcaster NHK predicted massive victory for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) coalition led by Shinzo Abe.

Abe told the NHK after the exit poll, “I must face with this victory with humility. The voters gave us, the ruling party, a majority. This is the voice of the Japanese people, telling us to push our policies forward and come out with results.”

Japanese Prime Minister Abe plans to reform the constitution that limits the country’s military’s role after its WWII defeat.

Abe has long been campaigning to reform the so-called pacifist Japanese constitution.

The newly won massive majority in the parliament will allow him to push his agenda to action flexibly.

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe regards the constitution’s limitations on the military as “a relic of the past” and wants the military to play a much more active and significant role for Japan.

This unprecedented victory came just a month after the Japanese PM had the worst approval ratings plagued by corruption charges.

This election victory makes him the longest-serving Japanese Prime Minister in the recent history of Japan.

Abe demanded that the Japanese voters have affirmed his agenda offering him this much-needed victory.

 


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