Abe Faces Policy Balancing Act After Commanding Election Victory

December 14, 2014 6:16 PM

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s gamble on early elections paid off with a sweeping victory that also puts pressure on the premier to reverse a recession and overcome resistance to his plans to boost defense.

Abe’s ruling coalition gained more than two-thirds of the 475 seats in the lower house, winning about 325 seats, the same as before yesterday’s election. While the victory was overshadowed by the lowest turnout since World War II, he need not call another election until 2018, potentially making him ...

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