Japan’s ruling right party won a majority in the Upper House election on July 10, and won more than half of the 125 seats following the assassination of former Prime Minister and party leader Shinzo Abe.
Prime Minister Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (Liberal Democratic Party) won 119 of the 248 seats in the Senate, and the Komeito Party of the Union secured 27 seats. report..
This provided the party with two-thirds of the majority needed to amend the postwar constitution of Japanese pacifists. As part of Japan’s first policy, Prime Minister Abe was considering amending Article 9 to prohibit Japan from owning its own army with “potential war.”
If he cannot challenge other factions within the party, the victory will allow Kishida to chair until the next election in 2025. Kishida is a moderate in Hiroshima who wants to ban nuclear weapons and represents the smaller, more left-handed Liberal Democratic Party of the Liberal Democratic Party. Prime Minister Abe leads the right-wing Nationalist faction.
Fumio Kishida is more dovish in foreign policy than Prime Minister Abe, who was considered hawkish by China due to the revitalization of the Japan-US-Australia-India strategic dialogue and the nationalization of the unmanned Senkaku Islands, which China is vying as part of its territory. is.
The Liberal Democratic Party held a silent prayer for Prime Minister Abe at the Tokyo headquarters. Fumio Kishida showed a solemn look by placing a winning ribbon next to the name of the winning candidate on the whiteboard “The Japan Times.” report..
“Violence threatened the election process, which is the very basis of our democracy. He mentioned the shooting of Shinzo Abe two days before the poll.
At a press conference, Mr Kishida said his administration would focus on dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian-Ukraine war, and rising living costs. He also promised to revive the Japanese economy.
“I am determined to achieve results as part of a’new capitalist’economic model primarily aimed at revitalizing the economy,” he said.
“At the same time, I take a step-by-step approach and continue to work on diplomacy, security, and constitutional amendment.”
The party’s victory may allow Kishida to amend Japan’s pacifist constitution-a dream that Abe never achieved.
Fumio Kishida said he would focus on summarizing the bill to be deliberated in Congress on Sunday’s constitutional amendment.
Prime Minister Abe, Japan’s longest-serving leader, was fatally injured during an election speech in western Nara on July 8. Police arrested a 41-year-old man who allegedly shot Abe at close range, saying he used a homemade gun.
Local police responsible for the campaign event said Saturday that security arrangements were flawed.
According to local media, Tetsuya Yamagami told police that he intends to kill Abe because he believed that the former Prime Minister had something to do with the religious group that caused his family to go bankrupt. Police have not identified the group.
Prime Minister Abe’s death transcended political divisions and expressed condolences from all over the world. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Tokyo on Sunday to condolences for Prime Minister Abe’s death and met with Japanese officials.
“Thank you, Prime Minister Kishida, for giving me the opportunity to visit and pay tribute to you and the great politicians of your country. We deeply note that one of our beloved friends was killed. I’m sad. The Japan-US alliance will always be strong, “Brinken said. twitter..
Many Japanese are mourning the assassination of Prime Minister Abe, and on weekends hundreds of people visited the LDP headquarters to commemorate the former Prime Minister. Abe’s awakening takes place on Monday night, and on Tuesday there is a funeral for his family and close friends.
Reuters contributed to this report.