Japan to Hold Elections on Sunday

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s term in office could be short-lived, while his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) could lose its majority. That is the result of a recent poll by the Yomiuri Shimbun and Asahi Shimbun newspapers, Reuters news agency reported.

General elections in Japan will be held on Sunday (31/10).

Despite the projected loss of votes in the lower house of parliament, the party is likely to remain in power alongside its partner in the Komeito coalition, Reuters reports.

Kishida reportedly set the coalition’s target for a majority of the 233 lower house seats out of a total of 465 seats – well below the 276 seats the LDP occupied before elections were held.

If that fails, Kishida could be ousted by the LDP before next year’s upper house vote, according to Reuters.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is in danger of losing his job in Sunday's general election.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is in danger of losing his job in Sunday’s general election.

Kishida has served as Japan’s prime minister since October 4, after parliament voted for him, following the second round of LDP chair elections on September 29.

Sunday’s election will be Japan’s most uncertain election since the LDP returned to power under Shinzo Abe in 2012 – a victory that marked the beginning of the longest reign of a prime minister in Japanese history and ended years of policy stalemate caused by his short tenure. previous prime ministers.

Abe resigned last year after falling ill and was replaced by Yoshihide Suga, who resigned in September due to a poor assessment of his government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

About 40% of Japanese voters are reportedly still undecided. Coupled with the low estimate of the number of voters who will participate in the election – one of the lowest post-war, the outcome of this election is unpredictable.

If elected, Reuters reports, Kishida is expected to push for the reopening of the country’s nuclear power plant which was shut down after the Fukushima disaster. [rd/ka]

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