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If reports hold true, the Japanese public will be heading to the polls in just a few short weeks. They will be casting ballots for the country’s powerful Lower House of the Diet in a vote that will shape the political landscape for the coming years.

Newly minted Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has modestly projected that his Liberal Democratic Party will retain a simple majority. But that is a low-ball projection that belies the massive vote-generating machines inside his party and its junior partner, Komeito.

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