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July 02 2017

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Japan PM Shinzo Abe set for big defeat in Tokyo assembly election: exit polls | world-news | Hindustan Times

“Embattled Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s conservative party was set for a major defeat in the Tokyo assembly election Sunday, exit polls showed, as he struggles with a series of setbacks and scandals that have driven down his popularity at the national level.

Former TV anchorwoman Yuriko Koike, who was elected the city’s governor in a landslide last year, was expected to seize a comfortable majority of the 127-seat Tokyo assembly, which the ruling Liberal Democratic Party previously controlled but is now bracing for a historic defeat.

While the vote is local, it serves as an important indicator of national political sentiment.”

The final result: Tokyo LDP’s crushing defeat. They lost 36 seats, winning only 23. Meanwhile, Japan Communist Party’s seats slightly increased, from 17 to 19. In the extra edition of Akahata (red flag) newspaper, they are celebrating their own victory:

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Gov. Yuriko Koike is in reality no less right-wing than PM Abe, so the victory of her pseudo-reformist party isn’t good news; but anyway, the election result in Tokyo will become the beginning of the fall of Abe.

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