Shinzo Abe secures strong mandate in Japan’s general election

Taking a hard line against North Korea helped the prime minister crush opposition parties on Sunday

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has secured a strong mandate for his hardline against North Korea and room to push for revision of the country’s pacifist constitution after his party crushed untested opposition parties in Sunday’s general election.

Abe’s Liberal Democratic party [LDP] and its junior coalition partner Komeito were on course to win 311 seats, keeping its two-thirds “supermajority” in the 465-member lower house, an exit poll by TBS television showed. Some other broadcasters had the ruling bloc slightly below the two-thirds mark.

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