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LDP cruises to victory in Tokyo assembly election
Japan Times ^ | 06/24/2013 | Kyodo

Posted on 06/23/2013 8:13:39 PM PDT by TexGrill

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party took majority control of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly away from the Democratic Party of Japan in Sunday’s election, projections show.

The landslide victory, which was expected, will give the LDP a boost heading into July’s House of Councilors election, when voters will cast judgement on Abe’s handling of the seven-month-old government.

As of 11 p.m., the LDP had won at least 56 seats and New Komeito 22, securing the 64 needed for a simple majority, according to Kyodo News.

The DPJ meanwhile had only taken 14 seats, meaning its final total is likely to be well below the 43 it had going into the race.

Sunday’s election saw 253 candidates vie for 127 seats in the Tokyo assembly amid sluggish public interest in the race.

Voter turnout as of 7:30 p.m. stood at 32.48 percent, down from 42.77 percent at the same time in the previous election in 2009. Turnout in that contest eventually reached 54.49 percent.

The contest was expected to focus on “Abenomics” — the prime minister’s slickly promoted mix of fiscal stimulus, radical monetary easing and reforms aimed at pulling the world’s third-largest economy out of chronic deflation.

Abe said the election had to be won “at any cost” because it would set the tone for the Upper House poll next month, when voters will judge his handling of the government since the LDP was returned to power in December, mostly over heavy disappointment with the DPJ.

(Excerpt) Read more at japantimes.co.jp ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: japaneconomy
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1 posted on 06/23/2013 8:13:39 PM PDT by TexGrill
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To: TexGrill

The LDP is Japan’s version of the GOP. The DPJ would be the equivalent of the RINO wing of the GOP plus the Blue Dog Democrats. The Japan Communist Party is, for the most part, to the right of U.S. Democrats. Notice that they are not even mentioned in the election results. They are considered a fringe group with isolated pockets of strength in Japan’s equivalents of inner city Detroit.


2 posted on 06/23/2013 8:18:34 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

I was in Osaka in 2003 and a Japan Communist Party van drove by WARNING about a tax increase. Laughed my ass off.


3 posted on 06/23/2013 8:28:51 PM PDT by struggle
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To: Vigilanteman

” The LDP is Japan’s version of the GOP. “

They sure love to tax , tax , tax ! Buncha crooks .


4 posted on 06/24/2013 2:30:58 AM PDT by sushiman ( .)
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To: sushiman

I rest my case.


5 posted on 06/24/2013 7:10:20 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: struggle

You, too? Except in my case it was Kobe in 1997.


6 posted on 06/24/2013 7:10:58 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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