RULING COALITION ON COURSE TO WIN SENATE ELECTION

BUT EXPERTS SAID WINNING A SUPERMAJORITY ALONE WOULD NOT GIVE ABE A MANDATE TO PUSH AHEAD WITH CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM.

SOME ANALYSTS PREDICTED VOTERS WOULD REACT ANGRILY TO ANY SHIFT OF FOCUS AWAY FROM THE ECONOMY TOWARDS CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM.

"We have a mandate from the public for our economic policy, so I want to focus my efforts on that. "At this point, it's meaningless to say yes or no [over potential revisions to the constitution]," Abe added. "I have two more years to my term (as LDP president) and this is a goal of the LDP, so I want to address it in a calm manner."

Japan’s ruling coalition secured a resounding victory in upper house elections on Sunday, with some exit polls predicting that prime minister Shinzo Abe’s party and its allies would achieve the legislative firepower they...

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