Skip to comments.LDP cruises to victory in Tokyo assembly election
Posted on 06/23/2013 8:13:39 PM PDT by TexGrill
Prime Minister Shinzo Abes Liberal Democratic Party took majority control of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly away from the Democratic Party of Japan in Sundays election, projections show.
The landslide victory, which was expected, will give the LDP a boost heading into Julys House of Councilors election, when voters will cast judgement on Abes 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.
Sundays 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 ministers slickly promoted mix of fiscal stimulus, radical monetary easing and reforms aimed at pulling the worlds 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.
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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.
I was in Osaka in 2003 and a Japan Communist Party van drove by WARNING about a tax increase. Laughed my ass off.
” The LDP is Japans version of the GOP. “
They sure love to tax , tax , tax ! Buncha crooks .
I rest my case.
You, too? Except in my case it was Kobe in 1997.