Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is seeking a fresh mandate today for his hard-line stance on North Korea, Abenomics (his proposed economics policies) and his proposal to change Japan’s US-imposed constitution (forces upon her after the second world war) that makes Japan to “renounce” war and effectively limit its military to a self-defence role.
Polling stations opened across the country at 7:00 am (2200 GMT Saturday) with voters battling typhoon near southern Japan. Conservative voters being more adamant with their perseverance to vote, Abe is more likely to get overwhelming support, according to many experts.
Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior coalition partner will retain its two-thirds majority in the lower house if their speculation goes right.
Mr. Abe astonished the citizenery by calling for the election a year earlier, urging voters to stick with him in this national crisis, which according to him is dual in manifestation- one, the ageing population and second, the North Korean tensions. This specially after North Korea lobbed two missiles over the northern island of Hokkaido and threatened to “sink” Japan into the sea.
However, people are suspicious about the the economics of Abe that it will struggle to achieve the past economic glory of Japan.