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A fresh mandate will enable Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to press ahead with his economic agenda.
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Abe gets go-ahead on economy, prompting unease over constitution

Spending plans could be used as bargaining chip for Article 9 revision

Nikkei staff writers | Japan

TOKYO -- Victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc in Sunday's elections has paved the way for him to press ahead with his economic policies. But there are growing concerns that the prime minister's focus on revising Japan's postwar constitution could hinder the implementation of much-needed economic reform.

With a renewed mandate for his signature Abenomics policy and the ruling coalition now holding a majority on every standing committee in the lower house, the prime minister will likely press ahead with fiscal spending and plans to divert increased consumption tax revenue toward providing free education.

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