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Japan’s PM, Fumio Kishida Declares Victory After ‘Very Tough’ Election

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida declared victory on Monday after leading his ruling coalition to a strong majority in national elections.

The long-ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior coalition partner Komeito won 293 of the 465 seats in parliament’s lower house, local media reported while the official result was finalised.

He said:

“It was a very tough election, but the people’s will — that they want us to create this country’s future under the stable LDP-Komeito government and the Kishida administration — was shown.”

“We received a precious 261 seats for the LDP. As a responsible party… we will meet the public mandate.”

Kishida took office a month ago after his predecessor Yoshihide Suga resigned just a year into the job, partly due to public discontent over his response to the Covid-19 crisis.

Japan has recorded around 18,000 virus deaths, a comparatively low toll for its population of 126 million, and has never imposed a blanket lockdown. But many businesses, especially bars and restaurants, have suffered through prolonged periods of restrictions on commercial activity.

Kishida said he would improve the health system’s ability to treat Covid patients and start booster shots from December. He also promised to deliver “a large-scale economic stimulus” as soon as possible within this year, without saying how much it would be.

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