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Abe's party could expand its hold on parliament

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People wait to hear Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Fukushima Prefecture on Tuesday.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's ruling coalition may cement its dominance in the Dec. 14 lower house election, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party seen grabbing as many as 300 seats in the 475-member chamber, according to the latest Nikkei survey.

     The LDP, which held 295 seats before Abe dissolved the lower house last month, appears headed for an easy victory amid a lack of formidable opponents. The party has a solid grip on at least 200 of the 295 single-seat constituencies and more than 70 of the 180 seats that will be chosen through proportional representation, the poll shows.

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