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Japan has given a strong mandate to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) coalition. By winning the Upper House elections, the Abe administration has majorities in both Houses to ease the passage of legislation. The premier can also plan on at least three years in office — lengthy tenure compared to recent predecessors.

The election consolidates power and paves the way for bold changes. Will “Abenomics” continue? What could a resurgent Japan mean for others in Asia?

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