As was widely predicted in media polls, the Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito swept a two-thirds majority of the Lower House in the general election held Dec. 14.

Voter turnout was a postwar low of 52 percent and popular votes collected by the LDP accounted for only about a quarter of the nation’s eligible voters.

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