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The ruling coalition of the Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito swept a two-thirds majority of the Lower House in the general election last Sunday. The result was only natural given the breakup of the No. 1 opposition Democratic Party just before the campaign kicked off.

Right after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dissolved the Lower House for the snap election, DP leader Seiji Maehara made the surprise move to effectively disband the party to be absorbed by the upstart Kibo no To (Party of Hope) just launched by Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike.

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