published: 2017-07-03 14:10:36
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Party suffered a devastating defeat in Sunday’s election for the Tokyo metropolitan assembly.
Combined with the scandals that plague the LDP, this could spell trouble for the ruling bloc in next year’s national election.
For details we turn to our Park Ji-won.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike’s new party, Tomin First, won 49 seats,… and along with its allies captured 79 out of 127 seats up for grabs.
The new party has been calling for assembly reform, vowing for more transparency and promising to cut wasteful spending.
The ruling LDP suffered its worst-ever result in the assembly election, securing only 23 seats, down by more than half from the 57 it held prior to the election, which is seen as a referendum on Abe’s tenure as prime minister.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said to reporters Monday morning,… that he accepted the result,… which he described the public’s stern rebuke to the party.
He added that he deeply regretted it,… saying that he will continue to push ahead with state affairs in a modest and cautious manner.
Abe also emphasized that he will put out his best effort in state affairs to win back the public’s trust.
The ruling LDP has been strongly criticized,… with LDP chairman Hiroyuki Hosada and Prime Minister Abe making headlines for alleged favoritism regarding the establishment of a veterinary department at a school run by the Prime Minister’s friend.
The ruling bloc is also being heavily criticized for forcing a controversial anti-terrorism bill through the Diet.
Hakubun Shimomura, who heads the LDP’s Tokyo chapter, said he will resign from his post to take responsibility for what he called ‘distrust arising from national political issues.’
The victory of the Tomin First coalition means they will dominate the decision-making process in the Japanese capital, and they will be hoping that Koike’s popularity helps them challenge for power in next year’s general election.
The results also deal a powerful blow to the LDP’s efforts to revise the post-war Constitution, and damages Abe’s prospects for winning another term as prime minister.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.
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