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Abe Placed to Lead Japan Through 2021 After Big Election Win

  • Ruling coalition retains two-thirds majority in parliament
  • Reforms may take a backseat to changing pacifist constitution
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Shinzo Abe Placed to Lead Japan Through 2021

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s gamble on an early election may have just won him a chance to lead Japan through 2021.

Abe, 63, saw his ruling coalition retain its two-thirds majority in the 465-member lower house in an election on Sunday. That boosts his chances at winning another term next year as head of his Liberal Democratic Party, which could make him Japan’s longest serving leader.