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Japan's voters poised to give Abe fresh mandate

The general election on Sunday is the first to be held since the legal voting age was changed to 18

Isabel Reynolds | Bloomberg 

More than 100 million voters head to the polls on Sunday in an election that may clear the way for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to become Japan’s longest-serving leader. Polls project that Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party and coalition partner Komeito will maintain control of parliament while two opposition groups vie for second place. It’s unclear if Abe’s coalition will retain its two-thirds majority, which would make it easier for them to pass changes to the constitution. A victory for Abe would bring continuity to economic policies, including the ...

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First Published: Sun, October 22 2017. 01:05 IST