Comment-Abe’s Resounding Victory


 Japanese voters have a keen sense of democracy and they are extremely matured as the country is the oldest democracy in Asia. Parliamentary democracy was introduced in Japan by 1868 and it worked during wars too. More or less, Japanese voters made crucial decisions for changing internal politics and their region in different circumstances.

Japan’s snap elections were held on 22 October. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of the President of Liberal-Democratic Party (LDP) made the landslide victory in the elections for the third-term by a two-thirds majority, securing 313 seats in the 465-member lower House of Representatives along with their coalition party, Komeito.

Abe is in office since 2012 and he completed five years in power, bringing political stability in Japanese politics. He completed a relatively unsuccessful term in 2006-2007. He won two terms through snap elections and returned both times with exemplary might. Public polls and surveys by independent organisations lowered down Abe’s popularity to 40 percent but he will remain in power by 2021 by winning 313 seats along with his combined coalition. Abe’s political charisma is on the making. He would become the longest serving Prime Minister in the post-war era after Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida who served during 1946-1954.

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