Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party Wins Election

Victorious within days of the former Japan PM Shinzo Abe's assassination, his party vowed to use this success to achieve his unfinished goals

Tokyo Victorious within days of the former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s assassination, his Liberal Democratic Party vowed to use this success in a parliamentary election to achieve his unfinished goals.

These include strengthening the military and revisiting the country’s pacifist, post- World War constitution.

The loss of Shinzo Abe also opened up a period of uncertainty for his party. However, the party secured a comfortable majority on Sunday.

The governing coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner Komeito should allow Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to rule undisturbed until the scheduled Election in 2025.

However, the promised constitutional amendment will face challenges.

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In a country where gun crime is rare, Abe’s assassination shook the nation, as the police still search for a possible motive. Meanwhile, the Japanese flocked to a Buddhist temple on Monday to mourn their former leader.

Fumio Kishida has welcomed his party’s victory but acknowledges that it has entered a new era without the towering politician. Although he resigned in 2020 as prime minister, Abe remained a force in the party and national politics.

“Because we’ve lost a great leader, we could undeniably be affected in many ways,” said Kishida. “Our party faces many difficult issues, and it must unite.”

Political commentators said Shinzo was a kingmaker, and the head of the largest wing of the party had no clear successor. His absence would trigger a power struggle among members of his group.

“The absence of Mr. Abe and his hold on power in the party could give Mr. Kishida a greater free hand to take his initiative,” says Koichi Nakano.

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Nakano is a professor of international politics at Tokyo’s Sophia University. Kishida enjoys a comparatively high approval rating for his perceived effort to listen to the people.

Nakano said that suggested support could be growing for his more moderate stance — and lessening for Abe’s more conservative approach.

But he added that any significant change in direction would be hard for Kishida and would need time to take effect.

Many of Japan’s current diplomatic and security policies, such as the stronger Japan-U.S. alliance and promoting a free and open Asia-Pacific region to counter China’s rise, were set by Abe and remained unchanged, he said.

Kishida said his priorities would be responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and rising prices.

However, he also promised to push for reinforcing Japan’s national security and amending the constitution. The Japanese constitution only allows the country’s military to act in self-defense.

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