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Hakubun Shimomura, head of the Liberal Democratic Party's Tokyo chapter, will step down to take responsibility for the defeat.
Abe Under Pressure

Damage control vital for Abe after Tokyo assembly defeat

Eroding support for prime minister could affect Diet election, charter amendment

| Japan

TOKYO -- A stinging rebuke by voters in the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election Sunday is certain to set off postmortem finger-pointing and a strategic recalibration within Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling party as he weighs a path forward for amending the constitution.

"We take the results seriously," a stunned Liberal Democratic Party Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai told reporters Sunday night. "We will reassess what needs to be reassessed and do our best to recover our lost ground." 

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