Japan PM Shinzo Abe on track for hefty election win: polls

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July 15, 2013

TOKYO | Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc remains on track for a big win in Sunday’s upper house election, final surveys before the vote showed on Monday, a victory that would likely help end six years of parliamentary deadlock.

The surveys showed support for Abe’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) far outstrips other parties, buoyed by hopes that his hyper-easy monetary policy, public spending and structural reform will bolster growth and jolt Japan out of years of stagnation.

Voter preference polls taken on Saturday and Sunday and published by the Asahi and Mainichi dailies showed that 37 to 43 percent of voters wanted to vote for the LDP. Such support meant that, along with coalition partner the New Komeito, the LDP would likely win a majority in the upper house.

It would also spell an end to the “twisted parliament” in which the opposition controls the upper house, hampering policy implementation, even if Abe’s commitment to growth-generating and potentially painful reforms such as deregulation remains in doubt.

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