Abe has emphasised Japan's diplomacy in the run up to elections, including his chairmanship of last month's G20 summit Photo: AFP/File
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Abe's ruling bloc on course to win majority in Japan election

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By Charly TRIBALLEAU

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition is on course to grab a solid majority in Japan's upper house elections this month and cement his premiership, local media reported on Saturday.

Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its coalition partner Komeito are forecast to win more than 63 seats, or a majority of the 124 seats contested in the July 21 election, Kyodo News said in its opinion poll.

The ruling parties "stand a good chance of reaching 77," said Kyodo, which conducted the poll on Thursday and Friday.

The Asahi Shimbun and other newspapers also said the ruling coalition was expected to win "a comfortable majority" in the election.

The two parties control 70 seats in the other half of the upper house that is not contested. This means that according to the projection they are set to secure their majority in the 245-seat body.

Parliament voted last year to increase the number of seats in the chamber by three from the current 242.

The House of Councillors, as the upper house is formally known, is the less powerful chamber in Japan's bicameral parliament, and half its seats come up for election every three years.

Abe, who has been seeking to revise the pacifist constitution since he took office in late 2012, is aiming to secure a two-thirds "super majority" needed to revise the charter in the election.

"This is an election to decide whether to pick lawmakers and parties who take responsibility for discussions" on constitutional revision, Abe told voters in a campaign speech on Thursday.

Local media predicted pro-revision forces, led by Abe's LDP, are approaching 85 of the seats being contested to have a two-thirds majority in the chamber.

Japan's constitution, imposed by the United States forces after World War II, prohibits the country from waging war.

The provisions are popular in the public at large, but reviled by nationalists like Abe, who see them as outdated and punitive.

Apart from a two-thirds majority in both houses, constitutional revision also requires a majority in a national referendum.

A planned consumption tax hike in October and the nation's fragile pension system are also among key issues for candidates during the run up to the election.

Abe has emphasised the nation's diplomacy, including his "successful" chairmanship of last month's G20 summit in Osaka, which drew US President Donald Trump and other world leaders.

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Don't forget Abe, no tax increase for 10 years!

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Good luck PM Abe and the LDP, achieve that two-thirds majority and throw out that constitution!

Japan's constitution, imposed by the United States forces after World War II, prohibits the country from waging war.

The provisions are popular in the public at large, but reviled by nationalists like Abe, who see them as outdated and punitive

PM Abe is right. It is unfair in these very dangerous times that Japan is not permitted to wage war alongside her ally, USA.

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Waste of money. All parties should combine and focus on select a capable person to lead Japan, not telling jokes and get "votes" from simpletons.

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I wonder if the voter turnout will top 60%. Voter apathy is the main reason the LDP has remained pretty much unchallenged for the last 70 odd years.

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It’s incredible that there are so many people out there who are willing to vote for the party that promises a consumption tax hike in October. The tax hike will only plunge Japan‘s economy into an even worse deflationary spiral and hurt everyone living in Japan, including those who support the LDP.

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Abe's ruling bloc on course to win majority

Look at the opposition. LOL

Don't forget Abe, no tax increase for 10 years!

After this next one. LOL

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Don't be so sure on a LDP victory. I don't trust the polls or media, and there is more at state than the constitution, much more. The lives of most workers in Japan and those on simple pensions need to be address before more money on war machines. If more voters especially in the youth vote for candidates that really focus on helping people, then the outlook will be different. That's what I'm working on in the next two weeks.

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There are lots of good people running so go out and vote for them. For example the fight inOsaka with SriLanka born, Nishanta vs the LDP. https://e-yan100.com/

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After the election, the discussion on the revision of the Constitution will be invigorated. But the base of discussion isn't accumulated among Japanese people yet. So it's risky for our society that PM Abe's LDP will do something for the revision exponentially.

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No matter how crappy Abe and his party has done these past 7 years the sheeple will continue to vote him and his ilk in.

They have no right to complain when they get flushed deeper down the toilet while they keep putting these LDPers back into the driver's seat.

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Ganbare Japan!Today  08:51 am JST

PM Abe is right. It is unfair in these very dangerous times that Japan is not permitted to wage war alongside her ally, USA.

The public disagree so whatever nonsense is going through Abe's head shouldn't matter at all.

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Well, the J economy is treading water - and the Olympics are in view - so it's almost a shoo-in that LDP retain command.

Besides the whole of J institutionalized infrastructure has been infiltrated and colored by LDP influence.

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As long as Article 9 is maintained the warmongers cannot do anything

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Lolololololololololoololololololol

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Wow, is this the way Japan is really going to go down? How can you confidently vote on a prime minister who is filled with "behind the scene" promises to large enterprises. Abe Shinzo is using the public's naivety as a mean to hide lurky deals such as Moritomo Gakuen and Kake institution.

Have you already forgotten about Moritomo Gakuen and Kake maybe? It has to be sweet to be leader in a country who's populace seemingly don't care about their leader's personal life and actions. Anyone can be leader in such a country. At least in Japan, as long as you're old with experience. But that's not how politics work! Just look at Aso Taro, a prime example.

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It’s incredible that there are so many people out there who are willing to vote for the party that promises a consumption tax hike in October. The tax hike will only plunge Japan‘s economy into an even worse deflationary spiral and hurt everyone living in Japan, including those who support the LDP.

Abe announced they are not increasing it for 10 years just the other day.

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Strikebreaker555Today  02:13 pm JST

Have you already forgotten about Moritomo Gakuen and Kake maybe? It has to be sweet to be leader in a country who's populace seemingly don't care about their leader's personal life and actions.

The problem really is that the elections are pretty much rigged so that it doesn't matter what most of the populace thinks. Thanks to the unconstitutional vote value disparity the votes of LDP supporters often count for more than those of people who are against them and candidates don't need a majority of votes to get elected. Furthermore, I can kind of understand why some people don't bother to vote - in the 2017 election we had a choice in my area between a conservative LDP candidate and a conservative Kibo No To candidate. If I could have voted I wouldn't have bothered as I wouldn't have wanted either one getting in.

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Abe and the LDP will win, if all the Japanese main stream media and keeps telling the Japanese population prior to the election later this month that that will be the outcome , then thats how the Japanese people will vote. They are already being informed that there will be no change so either vote or not vote, the outcome has already been decided. Is this is how democracy works ??

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I am very worried that the damage Shinzo Abe and his LDP are doing to our beloved Japan might be irreversible.

A mass tourism and immigration policy combined with the intention to help fight America's imperialistic wars is not something to look forward to.

But who knows Shinzo Abe is starting to feel like he is untouchable yet pride always come before a fall...

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Yeah that democracy thing never really happened here, did it?

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Whatever, if they win then the people get what they deserve. Almost every Japanese person I know is against policies like the tax hike and constitutional reform, or how Abe is just sucking up to Trump. Yet, when it comes time to vote and actually try to get something done they either don't vote or go for the status quo. I understand that the alternatives are pretty awful, but unless the people send a message to the LDP they'll keep walking all over us, and it's not like they'll have incentive not to!

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MaddenToday  09:42 am JST

I understand that the alternatives are pretty awful...

Well, the problem this time around is that the opposition are fielding "unified candidates" or something like that - if one party has a candidate running in a particular constituency the others won't also contest it. Not so great if you support, for example, the CDPJ but the only choice in your area is LDP or DPP. I suspect that a lot of people who might otherwise vote for someone other than the LDP will just look at their options and not bother.

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