JAPAN UNDER ABE: TOWARD MODERATION OR NATIONALISM?

Author
Mike M. Mochizuki, Samuel Parkinson Porter
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
The Washington Quarterly
Volume
36
Issue Number
4
Publication Date
Fall 2013
Institution
Center for Strategic and International Studies
Abstract
In July 2013, Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its coalition partner, the Komeito, scored an impressive victory in the House of Councilors elections. Out of the 121 contested seats, the LDP won 65 and the Komeito 11. With this victory, the LDP-Komeitoruling coalition now controls 135 out of 242 seats (about 55 percent) in the upper house. This win follows the December 2012 triumph in the House of Representatives election, which brought Shinzo Abe and the LDP back to power by taking 294 out of 480 seats.
Political Geography
Japan, China