Japan Kishida's coalition to stay in control, LDP weakened - exit polls

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Japan coalition projected to keep majority, PM's party battered - NHK
Japan coalition projected to keep majority, PM's party battered - NHK   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p>By Irene Wang and Elaine Lies</p> <p><span class="caps">TOKYO</span> -Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s ruling coalition was projected to maintain power in an election on Sunday, but his party was forecast to take a drubbing, a blow that could mean political instability in the world’s third-biggest economy.</p> <p>It was too close to call whether Kishida’s Liberal Democratic Party (<span class="caps">LDP</span>) would maintain its majority in the lower house of parliament as a single party, according to exit polls by public broadcaster <span class="caps">NHK</span>, but the coalition with junior partner was forecast to maintain control.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">LDP</span>-Komeito coalition was projected to win 239 to 288 seats in the lower house, more than the 233 needed for a majority, <span class="caps">NHK</span> said. The <span class="caps">LDP</span> was expected to win between 212 to 255 seats.</p> <p>The vote was a test https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/tightrope-election-may-spell-uncertain-future-japans-new-prime-minister-2021-10-28 for Kishida, who called the election soon after taking the top post early this month, and for his Liberal Democratic Party (<span class="caps">LDP</span>), which has been battered by its perceived mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>Already, Kishida has struggled to advance policies to help poorer people https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/japan-confronts-rising-inequality-after-abenomics-2021-10-12, while securing a big boost in military https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/with-an-eye-china-japans-ruling-party-makes-unprecedented-defence-spending-2021-10-13 spending and taking a harder line on China https://www.reuters.com/business/cop/japans-okinawa-ruling-partys-tough-china-stance-helps-win-young-voters-2021-10-29.</p> </div>