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Sunday, 22 October 2017 - 9:18
Japanese election underway
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Voting is underway in Japan’s general election and polls indicate prime minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition will win handily, possibly even retaining its two-thirds majority in the more powerful lower house of parliament.

Japanese voters may not love Abe, but they appear to want to stick with what they know, rather than hand the reins to an opposition with little or no track record.

Uncertainty over North Korea and its growing missile and nuclear arsenal may be heightening that underlying conservatism.

Abe dissolved the lower house a little more than three weeks ago on the day it convened for a special session, forcing the snap election.

The timing seemed ripe for his ruling Liberal-Democratic Party, or at least better than waiting.

For the rest of the world, an Abe victory would likely mean a continuation of the policies he has pursued in the nearly five years since he took office in December 2012.

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