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Shinzo Abe has won the election—what next for Japan?

The PM sees constitutional change as vital to securing his legacy

By John Nilsson-Wright  

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: KEIZO MORI/UPI/PA Images

If political success is the ability to exceed expectations then Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is clearly a winner. Barely two weeks ago the conventional wisdom was that Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) was facing a possible shock defeat at the hands of the newly formed (and optimistically entitled) Party of Hope (Kibo no To) of Yuriko Koike, the governor of Tokyo—a supposedly iconoclastic new-style populist leader who had pitched herself as an alternative to the staid traditions of conventional…

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