The Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition gained a victory in the Upper House Sunday election that gave the Diet’s pro-revision forces the two-thirds majority. That victory, with the ruling bloc's super majority in the Lower House, opens the door to revising the constitution for the first time since its adoption after Japan's defeat in World War Two.
This result for the LDP also allows Abe to claim public approval for Abenomics, his feeble growth policy launched in 2012 based on the “three arrows” of radical monetary easing, fiscal spending and structural reform.
Japanese backed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition in Sunday’s parliamentary voting, according to exit polls, a sign that Mr. Abe’s hawkish security policy and the improved job market were well-received.
It was the first time, when 18- and 19-year-olds could vote in a national election after a 2015 legal change, and the first time since December 2014 that the nation had a chance to express its feelings on Mr. Abe’s “Abenomics” economic package.
Kyodo News reported that, in response to Sunday’s poll results, Abe is planning a full-fledged reshuffle of his Cabinet as early as August.
Katsuya Okada, head of the main opposition force, the Democratic Party, said on a TBS TV program that it is “regrettable” that the opposition camp was unable to prevent the pro-amendment supermajority.