Category: National

Abe’s gamble pays off as ruling bloc heads for two-thirds majority in Lower House

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition was all but certain of a resounding victory in Sunday’s general election, as early projections showed that it was likely to secure a two-thirds majority in the Lower House, raising Abe’s chances of achieving a historic third term and his longtime ambition of revising the pacifist Constitution. Early projections

Top opposition forces see contrasting fates after poll

Two opposition parties launched less than one month ago to challenge Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party met contrasting fates in Sunday’s general election. Yukio Edano’s Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan (CDP) appeared on track to become the nation’s largest opposition party, exit polls showed, while Kibo no To (Party of Hope), led

Abe’s gamble pays off as ruling bloc poised to secure two-third majority of Lower House

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition was poised for a resounding victory in Sunday’s general election, as early projections showed that it was likely to secure a two-thirds majority in the Lower House, raising his chances of achieving a historic third term and his longtime ambition of revising the pacifist Constitution. Early projections based on

LDP heading for landslide victory

The projections suggest it will maintain well over a majority on its own in the Lower House, as it has for the past 5 years. Together with its coalition partner Komeito it may retain two-thirds of the house. The projected results would mean it’s unlikely that Abe’s leadership would be seriously challenged. He is expected

Strong typhoon drenching parts of Japan

The Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Lan was situated south of Japan and moving north-northeast at a speed of 45 kilometers per hour as of 7 PM, local time, on Sunday. Lan has a central atmospheric pressure of 945 hectopascals and winds of up to 162 kph near its center. The typhoon is expected to accelerate

Polls about to close

1180 candidates are running for 465 seats. 289 lawmakers will be elected directly and 176 through a system of proportional representation. Election officials say voter turnout was 26.30 percent as of 4 PM —down about 2.81 percentage points from the previous election 3 years ago. They say ballots cast in early voting hit a record

Powerful typhoon drenches Japan

Typhoon Lan, classified as an intense Category 4 storm by the Tropical Storm Risk monitoring site, was south of Japan and moving northeast at 40 kph on Sunday afternoon, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The season’s 21st typhoon brought more than 200 millimeters of rainfall in the 24 hours to Sunday morning in Wakayama, Mie

Voters head to polls to deliver verdict on Abe

Voters will deliver a verdict on the five-year-old administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with Sunday’s snap election, as opinion polls show his ruling coalition, despite a surprise challenge from populist Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, is widely expected to cruise to victory and help him consolidate his grip on power. A survey by the conservative