A New Mandate For Abe — But for What?

December 4, 2014 1:33 AM

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A New Mandate For Abe — But for What?

That would settle much of the uncertainty that has clouded the Japanese political world over the past three months, starting with the bungled September cabinet reorganization which raised new questions about Mr. Abe’s competence, helped erode his popularity, and fueled chatter of a challenge to his leadership within the ruling party over the next year.

A victory anywhere near the scale predicted by the news organizations–most say the ruling Liberal Democratic Party will add seats and maintain a two-thirds supermajority with its coalition partner–would restore the narrative that Mr. Abe is one of Japan’s most stable, powerful leaders in memory, giv...

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