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Jul 22, 2013

Japan PM Abe’s mandate is much smaller than it looks

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s landslide election victory at the weekend was anything but a ringing endorsement from voters. The vast majority never voted for his coalition.

Abe’s mandate is much smaller than his ruling bloc’s win in the upper house poll suggests: only about one in four voters gave their support. Three-quarters of the electorate either did not vote at all or backed opposition parties.

Jul 22, 2013

Japan PM wins big in upper house vote, priorities in focus

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc won a decisive election victory on Sunday, cementing his grip on power but raising the possibility he could lose interest in difficult economic reform and shift focus to his nationalist agenda instead.

The win in the election for parliament’s upper house gives the hawkish Abe a stronger mandate for his “Abenomics” recipe to revive the economy and sets the stage for the first stable government since popular Junichiro Koizumi left office in 2006.

Jul 22, 2013

Japan’s Abe has chance to show true colors after big election win

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition scored a decisive victory in an election on Sunday – so big that there are suspicions he will lose interest in difficult economic reforms and pursue his nationalist agenda instead.

The victory in the vote for parliament’s upper house gives Abe a stronger mandate for his prescription for reviving the stagnant economy. Coincidentally, it could also give lawmakers in his own party, some of whom have little appetite for painful but vital reforms, more clout to resist change.

Jul 21, 2013

PM Abe’s bloc wins big in upper house vote, priorities in focus

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc won a decisive victory in an upper house election on Sunday, cementing his grip on power and setting the stage for Japan’s first stable government since the charismatic Junichiro Koizumi left office in 2006.

The victory gives the hawkish leader a stronger mandate for his “Abenomics” recipe to revive the economy and spells his personal political redemption after he led his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to a humiliating defeat in a 2007 upper house election.

Jul 20, 2013

Japan Prime Minister heads for election victory amid policy concerns

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc looks set for a handsome upper house election win on Sunday, cementing his grip on power and setting the stage for Japan’s first stable government since the charismatic Junichiro Koizumi left office in 2006.

The victory would give the hawkish leader a stronger mandate for his recipe to revive the economy and spell his personal political redemption after he led his party to a defeat in a 2007 upper house election. That poll allowed the opposition to block legislation and led to Abe’s resignation two months later.

Jul 20, 2013

Japan PM heads for election victory amid policy concerns

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc looks set for a handsome upper house election win on Sunday, cementing his grip on power and setting the stage for Japan’s first stable government since the charismatic Junichiro Koizumi left office in 2006.

The victory would give the hawkish leader a stronger mandate for his recipe to revive the economy and spell his personal political redemption after he led his party to a defeat in a 2007 upper house election. That poll allowed the opposition to block legislation and led to Abe’s resignation two months later.

Jul 15, 2013

Even as election spells Japan PM win, big reform may lose out

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to win a mandate on Sunday for his three-part recipe to end stagnation in the world’s third-biggest economy, but anyone expecting him to use it to push a “Big Bang” reform agenda may need a reality check.

Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led bloc is expected to win a hefty majority in a July 21 upper house election, ending a “twisted parliament” in which the opposition controls the upper chamber. Media surveys published on Monday showed the LDP maintained a substantial lead over rival parties.

Jul 15, 2013

Analysis: Even as election spells Japan PM win, big reform may lose out

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is likely to win a mandate on Sunday for his three-part recipe to end stagnation in the world’s third-biggest economy, but anyone expecting him to use it to push a “Big Bang” reform agenda may need a reality check.

Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led bloc is expected to win a hefty majority in a July 21 upper house election, ending a “twisted parliament” in which the opposition controls the upper chamber. Media surveys published on Monday showed the LDP maintained a substantial lead over rival parties.

Jul 7, 2013

Japan PM Abe seeks personal redemption in upper house election

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a man with a mission: to erase the bitter stain of defeat and attain personal political redemption with a victory in a national election this month.

With his Liberal Democratic Party-led coalition (LDP) back in power since December and all but assured of a handsome win in a July 21 poll for parliament’s upper house, Abe might forgiven for slowing his pace a bit.

Jul 6, 2013

Japan PM’s ruling bloc headed for big election win: surveys

TOKYO (Reuters) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc is headed for a big victory in this month’s upper house election, media surveys show, a win that would end a parliamentary deadlock and set the stage for Japan’s first stable government since 2006.

The anticipated victory would give the Japanese leader a mandate for his “Abenomics” recipe that aims to end prolonged stagnation with a mix of hyper-easy monetary policy, fiscal spending and structural reforms including deregulation.

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