Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday cast his absentee ballot for Sunday's upper house election, a vote he said his ruling Liberal Democratic party must win to ensure a stable future for Japan after years of indecisive politics hampered by a divided Diet.
Abe cast his vote at the Shibuya Ward office in Tokyo. He told reporters that he intends to keep campaigning right up until the very end and said the LDP could not afford to let its guard down.
Abe says his economic policies, which include monetary easing and higher public spending, have significantly changed Japan's mood since he took office last December.
He repeated his mantra to bring an end to the twisted Diet through Sunday's elections, and break new ground for Japan's future under a stable government.
The opposition's control of the upper house, where half the 242 seats will be up for grabs, has made it hard for the ruling party to pass legislation. If the LDP — along with its smaller, coalition partner, the New Komei Party — wins the majority of seats in the upper house, it could control both houses for the next three years.
The LDP's campaign platform includes revising the constitution, joining the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, promoting nuclear power technology exports, and strengthening Japan's security alliance with the U.S.© Japan Today/AP