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Abe cruises to 'super-majority' win in Japan vote

Oct 22, 2017 - 7:15 PM

(4th UPDATE) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling conservative coalition is on track to win more than 310 seats in the 465-seat parliament

Japan's Prime Minister and President of ruling Liberal Democratic Party Shinzo Abe gestures as he answers questions during a political debate ahead of the general elections at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on October 8, 2017. Photo by Toru Yamanaka/AFP

2 dead as typhoon brings heavy rain, wind to election-day Japan

Oct 22, 2017 - 3:59 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The powerful typhoon may hit Tokyo and surrounding regions early Monday, October 23

TYPHOON LAN. Millions of Japanese brave typhoon conditions on October 22, 2017 for a snap election likely to hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a fresh mandate to revive the world's third-largest economy and press his hardline stance on North Korea. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Abe eyes big win as Japan votes under North Korea threats

Oct 22, 2017 - 7:24 AM

(UPDATED) If pre-election surveys are correct, Abe's conservative coalition will cruise to a crushing majority to win a fresh term at the helm of the key US regional ally and Asian economic powerhouse

ABE. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech in Fukuoka on July 27, 2016. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / STR / Japan OUT

Japan braces for super typhoon ahead of election

Oct 21, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Super typhoon Lan, described as 'very large' and 'very strong' by Japan's Meteorological Agency, is packing gusts up to 252 kilometers (157 miles) per hour

Gloves off as Japan election campaign starts

Oct 10, 2017 - 2:25 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces an unexpected and fierce challenge from Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike's 'Party of Hope'

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike waves to the audience during an election campaign appearance at an entrance of a train station in Tokyo on October 10, 2017. Tokyo's popular governor Yuriko Koike launched a bitter attack on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on October 10 as the gloves came off for the official start of a snap election campaign in the world's third-largest economy. / AFP PHOTO / Kazuhiro NOGI

Abe vows to tackle North Korea threat ahead of Japan election

Oct 08, 2017 - 9:10 PM

'We will protect our country under stable politics,' Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says in a televised debate

Japan's Prime Minister and President of ruling Liberal Democratic Party Shinzo Abe gestures as he answers questions during a political debate ahead of the general elections at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on October 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA

Japan's Abe dissolves parliament ahead of tough election battle

Sep 28, 2017 - 11:55 AM

(UPDATED) Voters in the world's third-biggest economy are expected to go to the polls on October 22, as Abe seeks a fresh popular mandate for his hardline stance on North Korea and a new tax plan

MOVING FORWARD. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) applauds as the lower house of the parliament approved the snap election in Tokyo on September 28, 2017. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Tokyo governor Koike vows break from the past with new party

Sep 27, 2017 - 1:24 PM

Popular Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike vows a break with old-school politics as she officially launches a new party she hopes will shake up the upcoming snap election in Japan

'PARTY OF HOPE' Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike (C) poses with her party members during an inauguration press conference on her new political party, 'Party of Hope', in Tokyo on September 27, 2017. Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Tokyo elects Yuriko Koike as first woman governor

Jul 31, 2016 - 10:18 AM

4th UPDATE I will lead Tokyo politics in an unprecedented manner a Tokyo you have never seen promises the 64 year old Koike

epa05449921 Japan's Former Defense Minister Yuriko Koike smiles as she celebrates her victory in the Tokyo Gubernatorial Election after being elected as the governor of Tokyo, at her election campaign office in Tokyo, Japan, 31 July 2016. Tokyo residents voted in the election for the new leader of Japan's capital. Koike won the election to become the first female governor of Tokyo. EPA/KIYOSHI OTA

Japan's Abe claims victory in parliamentary vote

Jul 10, 2016 - 7:34 AM

4th UPDATE Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expresses relief as his coalition gains at least half of the seats up for grabs in the polls

epa05418633 Japanese Prime Minister and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President Shinzo Abe (C) reacts as he puts red rose marks on the names of the party's victorious candidates in the Upper House election in celebration at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, 10 July 2016. The Upper House election was held on 10 July, and Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito won a majority in the election. EPA/KIYOSHI OTA

Japan heads to polls with Abe on course to retain power

Dec 14, 2014 - 8:04 AM

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking a greater mandate for Abenomics his signature plan to fix the economy and observers expect an easy victory for him

Japan kicks off election campaigning in 'Abenomics referendum'

Dec 02, 2014 - 11:43 AM

More than 1 180 candidates nationwide are vying for 475 legislative seats in the powerful lower house of parliament

'THERE IS ONLY THIS WAY' Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is also president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), shows a paper writing his motto 'There is only this way' during a party leaders' debate at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo, Japan, 01 December 2014. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Japan’s election without a cause

Nov 25, 2014 - 11:05 AM

Mandate needed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to refill quiver find third arrow

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe in Auckland, New Zealand, 07 July 2014. File/Stringer/EPA

PM Abe wins big in Japan upper house poll

Jul 22, 2013 - 7:35 AM

UPDATE Win strengthens Abe s hand as he tries to push through painful but necessary structural reforms aimed at dragging Japan out of two decades of economic malaise

Yen plunges after conservative win in Japan elections

Dec 17, 2012 - 12:10 PM

The yen plunges in Asian currency markets on December 17 after Japan s conservative opposition swept to victory in national polls with promises from its leader to press for more central bank easing

Japan election candidates make final pitches

Dec 15, 2012 - 11:52 AM

Hundreds of candidates vying for a seat in Japan s parliament made their final pitches on Saturday in an election expected to see the return of the country s old guard

Polls. (From left) president of the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Shinzo Abe (L); ex-Tokyo governor and head of the Japan Restoration Party, Shintaro Ishihara; and Japanese Prime Minister and re-elected ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) leader Yoshihiko Noda. AFP File Photo