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Cover Stories Series 2013> Japan Consolidates Leadership> Video
UPDATED: July 22, 2013
Abe Coalition's Win Ends Six Years of 'Twisted Diet'

Japan's ruling camp, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and the New Komeito Party, won the upper house election on July 21, putting an end to the "divided Diet" and setting economic improvement as its priority after the control of both chambers of the Diet.

The ruling bloc has secured 76 seats in the upper house election as the LDP and the New Komeito Party has secured 65 seats and 11 seats respectively. Along with the uncontested 59 seats of the two parties, the ruling camp has maintained a majority of 135 seats in the 242-seat upper house.

The ruling bloc also holds an overwhelming majority in the more powerful lower house, meaning that it has controlled both chambers of the Diet.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, also the president of the LDP, vowed at a press conference that he and his party will push forward their economic policies as the issue of a "divided Diet" has been resolved.

Abe's resolve of the "twisted Diet" means that his party can move forward the economic policies and "would like to make sure that Japanese people can really feel the effects of the policies."

Abe said his economic policies are a "right path to pursue" and highlighted that the election victory is a response from the voters towards the policies dubbed "Abenomics."

"We will let the real economy see the effect and let the people feel their income and wages increasing," said Abe.

The prime minister also said he will try to bring political stability to the country, adding the ruling bloc will decide things in a speedy and timely manner, while the LDP will stay at a "humble" manner when managing the Diet.

As to the constitution revision, Abe said he will not try to amend all articles at once and will start with the Article 96, adding he will ask the public opinion first.

"I believe people from the Japanese Restoration Party have the same idea, if we can have a majority in the Diet, I do hope that we can move forward on the issue," said Abe.

(CNTV.cn, Xinhua News Agency July 22, 2013)

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