Japan's Ruling Coalition Wins Big in Upper House Election

Write : 2013-07-22 12:23:38 Update : 2013-07-22 14:15:10

Japan's Ruling Coalition Wins Big in Upper House Election

Japan's ruling bloc clinched a resounding victory in the upper house election on Sunday.
 
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner New Komeito won 76 of 121 seats, giving them a total of 135 seats in the upper house.
 
The main opposition Democratic Party of Japan, which fell from power in the December elections, won just 17 more seats for a total of 59, the smallest in its history. 
 
The Abe administration has been at odds with neighboring countries over a number of territorial and historical issues.
 
The prime minister’s victory is expected to prolong Tokyo's strained ties with its neighbors. The country’s right-leaning moves are also anticipated to gain momentum, including plans to revise the peace constitution. 

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