Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe secures strong mandate in General Election success

Rebecca Smith
Abe could become Japan's longest serving Prime Minister
Abe could become Japan's longest serving Prime Minister (Source: Getty)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will look to revise the country's pacifist constitution after securing a strong mandate in a resounding election victory last night.

Abe won the 310 seats needed for a supermajority, with 233 suffice for a simple majority. The success will enable him to work towards overhauling Japan’s post-war constitution, which includes the complete renunciation of war.

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The election success also bolsters Abe’s chances of winning a third three-year term as leader of the LDP when the party votes next September, and becoming Japan's longest serving Prime Minister. He was elected in 2012.

Japan’s leader called the snap election last month, more than a year before parliament's term expired, emboldened by an uptick in his approval rating.

National broadcaster NHK earlier projected a comfortable win for Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition, saying he was on track to win between 281 and 336 of the 465 seats available.

Abe wants a strong mandate to deliver constitutional reform, along with economic stimulus. His party also pledged to spend more on education in their manifesto.

Japan went to the polls with Typhoon Lan impacting parts of the country, threatening hefty winds and flooding, with suggestions it could affect turnout too.

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