Despite adverse predictins, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has romped home with a two-third majority in elections held in view of renewed “recession” and the so-called Abenomics or his strategy to counter the downtrend in the country’s economy.
The Sunday poll showed Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)-led ruling coalition getting two-thirds of the seats in the lower house of Japan’s Diet.
Bowing to the people’s verdict in typical Japanese way, Abe said: “I want to thank the people who voted for us for their confidence. Thanks to them, we can keep the current administration and continue our work.”
Abe also reiterated on NHK radio that the election results indicate people’s support for “Abenomics” or his economic recovery strategy at a crucial period.
The preliminary results provided by NHK show that the governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will get at least 271 of the 475 seats in the lower house of the parliament, compared to the Democratic Party’s 60 seats.
Abe was cautious when he said the definitive electoral results have still not been released, although he was confident that his party and Komeito “are going to obtain the necessary majority to govern”.
In response to the new mandate, the prime minister said he would be “doing everything possible so that the economy is recovered,” as well as strengthening Japan’s “diplomatic relations and security.”
Meanwhile, India’s Prime Minster Narendra Modi has congratulated Abe on his electoral victory.
“Congratulations to Shinzo Abe on his victory in the elections. Japan will scale newer heights of progress under his leadership,” Modi said in a statement.
“I look forward to continuing to work closely with Shinzo Abe to strengthen the relations between India and Japan,” he added.(IANS)