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Incumbent’s victory in Japan’s ruling party-president election indicates pro-trade policies and constitution amendment likely in 2019

21 September 2018


On 20 September, Japan’s ruling party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), voted to elect its president.

In Japan’s parliamentary system, the president of the majority party becomes the prime minister of the country. After 15 prime ministers in 22 years, incumbent Shinzō Abe has represented stability for Japanese politics and with today’s (20 September 2018) victory will become Japan’s longest-serving prime minister since the first in 1885 if he remains in office beyond November 2019. Notably, the LDP changed its internal term limits in March 2017, allowing Abe to run for a third term. In today’s election, Abe won 329 out of the 405 ballots for LDP Diet members (there were 402 valid ballots) and 224 of the 405 ballots allocated to LDP prefectural members across Japan.

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