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76% of LDP lawmakers support Abe's re-election as party leader: poll

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Excellent news! The job is yours for as long as you want it, PM Abe. Stay the course and keep making Japan even greater.

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His "Abenomics" policy package including aggressive monetary easing by the Bank of Japan has helped lift corporate profits and drive down unemployment, though another LDP lawmaker said those favorable effects have yet to trickle down to regional economies.

Trickle down economics, so that's what Abenomics is all about! By the time it reaches Okinawa there will probably be a recession to take it's place!

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Oh... These lemmings have no idea what's really happening. Well, people will know whom to blame soon enough.

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Excellent news! The job is yours for as long as you want it, PM Abe. Stay the course and keep making Japan even greater.

So, an advocate of having a dictator for a leader? Japan is losing it's position in the world, and is increasingly becoming more and more irrelevant in the region as well. NK, SK, China, Russia, including the US in some cases as well, have literally ignored Japan (Abe) .

You call that "great"?

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Scandal after scandal!

A desire to revise a ‘pacifist constitution which the electorate is opposed to.

A worsening economic situation ie less full time jobs.

Increased tax burdens, paltry spending on education.

Increasing insularity,leading to a failure to compete with regional powers such as China.

Failure to tackle the problems of an aging Japan.

Failure to modernize property laws which means vast amounts of land are not adequately utilized.

The list continues but the examples above show that the 76% figure may infer that the current political system doesn’t work properly either!

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76% LDP support doesn't mean 76% Japanese support. Do you see the difference ? It is called democracy, LDP style.

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The guy lied and broke the law, I don't get it.

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gogogo, in a lying party, everyone lies, and if everyone lies, then one who lies bigly who wins bigly.

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No surprises here.

All a big set up. The only other contender - the pretty popular (amongst ldp stalwarts) Kishida - after negotiations withdrew his challenge.

Why? Well it was the case of Abe saying, "Let me become the Olympic Hero , save Japan from the marauding Hordes and introduce Grandpappy's militaristic vision, and in 3 years it's all yours".

Kishida, not one to miss the proverbial triple 7s on the slot machine, said, "Sure, it's my turn next - ok".

Nippon Politics as usual.

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If they know it's already a losing battle, I wonder who the other 95 persons will vote for. Anyway, no surprises here. I guess Abe will continue to be the PM for 50 years. ughhh.

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More than three-quarters of parliamentary lawmakers within Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's bid for a third consecutive term as party president, according to Kyodo News poll results compiled by Sunday.

So the parliamentary LDP are spineless, imbecilic sycophants. No surprises there.

Ganbare Japan!Today  07:06 am JST

Stay the course...

If you're hoping that'll become some kind of meme, it just hasn't no matter how many times you write it.

papigiulioToday  08:47 am JST

I guess Abe will continue to be the PM for 50 years. ughhh.

They're probably drawing up plans to have him embalmed, interred in some giant mausoleum and declared "Eternal Prime Minister." Apart from the fact that he would be lying down he would be just about as charismatic and effective as he is at the moment.

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What a lovely democracy

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"No one else can deal with President Trump," said one lawmaker in explaining his support for Abe.

In other words, no one else can act the sycophant like he can. Let's just hope he doesn't embarrass himself by rolling down more bunkers while keeping up with the man-child.

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76% of LDP lawmakers support Abe's re-election as party leader: 

Yeah, of course they support Abe doing the job because none of them want it.

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It means that it is very likely that Mr Abe becomes the next party leader. However, it still does not guarantee his PM position because that is voted by all lawmakers, not just by LDP. Traditionally a party leader of the largest party has become PM, but theoretically Abe's rival can win PM post even when he has only 24% of LDP lawmakers support if large chunks of other parties vote for him. And this time it is very possible because Ishiba is quite popular among non-LDP lawmakers.

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'Flies around the honeypot' and 'snouts in the trough' come to mind immediately. Continuing support by party members means a chance to sit at the big table in the future in return for their vote; and more importantly access to funds and power to support their region and of course their own next election. It is no wonder that Japanese people regard politicians as a different species of animal.

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It means that it is very likely that Mr Abe becomes the next party leader. However, it still does not guarantee his PM position because that is voted by all lawmakers, not just by LDP. Traditionally a party leader of the largest party has become PM, but theoretically Abe's rival can win PM post even when he has only 24% of LDP lawmakers support if large chunks of other parties vote for him. And this time it is very possible because Ishiba is quite popular among non-LDP lawmakers.

You can talk theories all you want, reality is that if he gets voted party leader the rest of the LDP will fall in line and vote for him in the Diet.

Unless there is a scandal of unprecedented proportions none of the LDP will vote against him in the Diet.

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Well here is a perfect example of democracy Japanese style. Involved in two instances ( that we know) of tax payer subsidies being used for close friends, in one case changed the law to facilitate his friends greed. Companies are profitable just. Tax cuts help these floundering entity's, workers are seeing their wages shrink as goods increase in price but wages slip. Globally Japan is sidelined and not really relevant to any discussion. And he is seen as the best option? Hell thats a very sad state of affairs.

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Well all he has to do now is go to the typhoon hit areas, do another HAND WAVE photo op run and viola %100 approval rating and shoe in for more of the same ineffective politics !!!:-/

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No better than China. Doesn't matter how corrupt the man is and how wrong he is for the nation, he does what he wants despite public opposition, and the people in power keep him in power despite the majority not agreeing with him. TIJ.

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Yeah, no surprise! All LDP guys only think Abe is the winner and no one has the courage to candidate the PM post, only Ishiba. That's really shame! This endless Japanese political policy anybody from us citizens have any right to direct vote. We'll see again Super Mario appearance from that Rio to Tokyo Olympic games and the 2% up taxation coming soon, he'll persist the revision of pacifist Constitution only by those LDP majority ignoring the opposition parties or public voices. One thing will be remaining to be publicly cleared: The opposition to disclose all his scandals within this long-term governing.

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So much for Japan having a real democracy. As smithinjapan said, no better than China, and I will add Russia and NK to that list. LDP members live large while the general population scrapes by.

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Snap election on the way.

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It's so naive of Japan's LDP to think that only Abe Shinzo is the only one capable of tackling Trump and North Korea. It's utterly despicable, and the pretext to a one-party state! Some might call him a "strong leader", but what happened last time Japan had an almost "divine" as head of state? What value does our future bear, if we forget our endeavours in the past? If you put to much trust and confidence in ONE leader, you will inevitably lose your own judgment and reason.

I've tried for years to keep up with Japan, and your foolish PM. But it all seems to come to an end, with Abe being re-elected in September. He might have done som great things for Japan to, but as Hitler once said; "a great magician, is also a great lier". Does Japan want a great conman to govern their country? Not my first-choice.

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Eternal leader? Like Xi and Kim? I see.

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Strikebreaker555Today 08:41 am JST

It's so naive of Japan's LDP to think that only Abe Shinzo is the only one capable of tackling Trump and North Korea. It's utterly despicable, and the pretext to a one-party state! Some might call him a "strong leader", but what happened last time Japan had an almost "divine" as head of state?

He's not strong at all. He's just lucky there isn't a single opposition party that has an effective leader and enough candidates to fight the LDP in each constituency. If he had to fight anything like a fair election his bowels would probably give out on him again and he'd never be out of the bathroom.

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Please Japan don't lecture others about democracy if you keep Abe as PM

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