Japan: Abe Premiership Panned by Voters

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party receives a thrashing over scandals and missteps by Prime Minister Abe, but the economy continues to cruise along

Less than a year into his tenure, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government is shaky. On July 29, voters dealt Abe's governing party an embarrassing defeat in a national election that many observers had billed as a referendum on the premier's leadership. With the opposition Democratic Party of Japan now poised to take control of the Upper House of the Japanese Diet, it raises questions about whether Abe still has the political chops to deliver on reforms he's promised.

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