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The most talked-about media moment from the Lower House election on Dec. 14 was the victory interview Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave to Nippon TV.

As is the custom, the leader of the winning side, in this case Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, made the rounds of all the major broadcasters without leaving the organization’s headquarters, where he took questions from people in the NTV studios. At one point, anchorman Nobutaka Murao asked Abe about the decline in real wages under his economic plan so far, and the prime minister seemed put out by the query. He removed his earpiece and spoke about the plan’s accomplishments while Murao tried to get him to address the question, which he couldn’t hear, seemingly on purpose.

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