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The most astounding nonsequitor circulationg anglophone MSM this week, so far, is, Abe's premature death secured LDP majority in another chamber of parliament and Kashida's popularity with common folk.

10 June, NY Yella Cake headline Shinzo Abe's Party Triumphs in Parliamentary Vote, Extending Legacy exemplifies US-INDOPACOM glee.

TOKYO -- Two days after Japan's former prime minister  Shinzo Abe was gunned down at a campaign stop on Friday, his Liberal Democratic Party and its allies swept to victory in a parliamentary election that gave them a chance to pursue Mr. Abe's long-held ambition of revising Japan's pacifist Constitution.

It was the clearest sign that Mr. Abe, Japan's longest-serving prime minister,  remained a guiding political force. Even before his death,  he was no longer leader of the country or its governing party, but his legacy ["Abenomics"?] shaped voters' choices at the ballot box [BWAH!] and his party's vision for the future

"I have the responsibility to take over the ideas of former Prime Minister Abe," the current prime minister, Fumio Kishida, told a crowd west of Tokyo on Saturday, the day after Mr. Abe's killing, as he campaigned for their party's candidates for the Upper House of Parliament.

The Liberal Democrats and their coalition partners gained enough seats in Sunday's election to form a crucial two-thirds supermajority. They can now amend a clause in the Constitution, imposed by postwar American occupiers < wipes tears >, that renounces war. That long-held goal would open the door for Japan to become a military power, capable of global leadership. ...

like GERMANY but better
by Cat on Tue Jul 12th, 2022 at 07:55:36 PM EST

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