• Reuters, Kyodo

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s snap election gamble looked like it was paying off after a Kyodo News poll forecast a big win for the ruling bloc, with a margin of victory possibly enough to re-energize his push to revise the post-World War II pacifist Constitution.

A hefty victory in the Oct. 22 poll would raise the likelihood that his Liberal Democratic Party will retain Abe as its head for a third term next September, and increase the hawkish leader’s chances of going on to become the longest-serving prime minister.

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