Shinzo Abe wins Japan Election replicating his friend the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with an absolute majority of two third seats.
To catch on the increased support among Japanese people, the prime minister announced snap election in a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo, Japan, on September 25, 2017.
The 48th general election of members of the Lower House or the House of Representatives took place on 22 October 2017. The election results declared on 22 oct. shows trust of Japanese nationals on Shinzo Abe’s governing coalition of LDP and NKP.
Shinzo Abe’s governing coalition of Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito formerly called New Komeito (abbreviated NKP) own the absolute majority of two third seats. The campaign started with a focus on issues such as taxes, threats by China and North Korea, Constitutional reforms.
The success of Abenomics which refers to the economic policies advocated by Shinzo Abe since the December 2012 general election helped him win the 2017 election. Abenomics is based upon ‘three arrows’ of monetary easing, fiscal stimulus and structural reforms.
The opposition party CDP has failed to gain the trust of voters against Shinzo Abe’s ruling LDP. The new political party ‘Party of Hope’ launched hours before the announcement of elections turned to be Party with no Hope in wake of popular enthusiasm towards LDP.
Shinzo Abe thanked Japanese people for his historic win and supporting the policies of his government. He assured to tackle security issues related to North Korea and promised investments in education and pension system.
Shinzo Abe a right-wing nationalist aims at reviving the Japan’s military power and military reforms which will help in the offensive defence of Japan. Article 9 of japans constitution forbids war as a mean to settle international disputes involving Japan. The majority gained in this election will allow Shinzo Abe to propose changes in the constitution which limit its military to self defence role. Mr. Abe said on Sunday that he hoped to gain the public support for his proposed revision to Japan’s constitution.
The LDP successfully convinced Japanese people that, only it can protect the Japanese interest from the geopolitical threats by North Korea and China.
In September, India hosted Japanese PM Shinzo Abe for indo Japan summit in Gujarat. Shinzo Abe and his wife visited religious and cultural places in India. The honourable Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Shinzo Abe on his big election win,
Since Narendra Modi took over as PM in 2014 the Indo Japanese relations transformed enormously. The successful conclusion of a Civil Nuclear agreement between India and Japan despite the fact that India has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) shows the commitment of Japan towards India. Another important marker of indo Japan relationship is the proposed Ahmadabad-Mumbai bullet train project. This 500 km project is financed by Japan with credit of US $ 17 billion which has to be repaid in 50 years with a nominal interest rate of 0.1%.