Shinzo Abe's LDP wins Tokyo elections
The West -- Jun 24

Tokyo voters appeared to give their support to the economic policies of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday, with his party winning a landslide victory in local elections in the capital.

Voting for the 127-seat Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly was widely being seen as an indicator of public opinion in the run up to national upper house polls expected on July 21.

And results from public broadcaster NHK and other media outlets showed Abe's Liberal Democratic Party was set to win 59 seats alone, or 82 with the help of its centrist government ally the New Komeito party.

"We thank the voters. I want this victory to carry on to the next elections," LDP secretary general Shigeru Ishiba said on television.

Turnout in the city of 13 million was low, at 43.42 percent, down more than 11 percentage points compared to the previous election in 2009.

Abe said he regretted the low turnout and while welcoming the victory he said "many people have not yet felt the effects of our policies on the economic situation".

夏の参議院選挙の前哨戦とされる東京都議会議員選挙は、23日に投開票され、自民党と­公明党は立候補者全員が当選する圧勝で、民主党は大幅に議席を減らした。
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