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Pundits discuss results of Upper House election

  • July 17, 2016
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On NHK’s “Nichiyo Toron,” pundits including Nagoya University of Foreign Studies Professor Jun-ichi Takase, Hitotsubashi University Professor Koji Nakakita, and Kyoto University Professor Hiroshi Nakanishi discussed the results of the Upper House election in which the ruling coalition was able to obtain 70 seats and maintain a majority in the Upper House. Takase said the ruling coalition has secured a stable government, while Nakakita said the election results proved the strength of the LDP led by Abe. Nakanishi said while voters are not completely satisfied with the Abenomics policy, they had no other options, adding that the Japanese public placed importance on a stable government. Takase said the voter turnout would have been higher if the Democratic Party had more momentum. Concerning the fact that the pro-revisionist group obtained a two-thirds majority in both houses of the Diet, all pundits were skeptical as to whether PM Abe will be able to revise the Constitution in the near future since voters chose the ruling coalition for its economic policy and for stable government, not for constitutional revision.

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