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Abe’s killing turns Japan upper house election into ‘war of condolences’

2022-07-11 10:24:53       source:Global Times

July 10, 2022

Two days after Shinzo Abe, 67, Japan's longest-serving modern prime minister, was shot dead on Friday while making a speech in support of a local candidate in the Western Japanese city of Nara, Japan's ruling party scored a sweeping victory in Sunday's House of Councillors election.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner Komeito won more than 70 of the 125 seats up for grabs. That outcome allowed the ruling bloc to retain a majority in the 248-member upper chamber of parliament, Kyodo News reported.

The pro-constitutional amendment camp, comprising the LDP-Komeito coalition, two opposition parties and independents, crossed the 166-seat threshold in the upper chamber needed to push for a first-ever revision of the 1947 Constitution, according to Kyodo.

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