Tuesday 18 September 2018

Shinzo Abe's party seem headed for win as Japanese voters go to the polls

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, gestures at an election campaign rally in Tokyo, Japan October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, gestures at an election campaign rally in Tokyo, Japan October 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Japan is voting in a general election that will most likely hand prime minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition a majority in parliament.

Up for grabs on Sunday are 465 seats in the more powerful lower house, which chooses the prime minister. Mr Abe dissolved the chamber less than a month ago, apparently judging that the political environment turned in his favour.

Media polls have indicated voters see Mr Abe's government as a safer choice over an opposition with uncertain track records.

Scare over North Korea's missile and nuclear development is also seen prompting their conservative choice.

An election victory would boost Mr Abe's chances for another three-year term as head of his Liberal Democratic Party next September, extending his premiership.

Press Association

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