VOTE OF CONFIDENCE

Shinzo Abe Wins Overwhelming Mandate in Japan’s Snap Election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday won an overwhelming governing mandate in the country’s snap elections, with his Liberal Democratic party and its affiliate retaining its two-thirds supermajority in the lower house. Abe won in part due to his strong stance against North Korea. “At a time when North Korea is threatening us and increasing tensions, we must never waver,” Abe said immediately before the vote. “We must not yield to the threat of North Korea.”