Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition has won a solid majority in upper house elections. The bloc now has control of both chambers, handing Abe a strong mandate to press ahead with economic reforms.
“The public did not give this victory to Abe and his government for its foreign policy and security policy agenda. They really want this government to revitalise its economy and put them back on a solid recovery path, so the Abe government really has to take action. In a sense this government lost excuses that they cannot do this thing or that because of [a] twisted diet so now the public will very much watching what kind of concrete action is coming out of this government to improve their lives frankly.”
– Yuki Tatsumi, East Asia programme at the Stimson Center
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