With the Liberal Democratic Party suddenly doubling its numbers in the Lower House thanks to its landslide win, concerns have already emerged that Shinzo Abe won’t be able to control this throng after he becomes prime minister next week.

LDP insiders appear to be worried that the party’s factions, once the true power players in politics, may regain their influence as many of the old guard who were defeated in 2009 won back their Diet seats Sunday.

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