TOKYO Voters handed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a giant victory in Oct. 22's lower house election, giving him more time at the helm and significantly aiding his long-running quest for constitutional reform.
But unlike after the last lower house election in 2014, which the ruling coalition also won by a landslide, Japan no longer has a major opposition party that can counterbalance the powerful prime minister. Abe's dominance comes with political risks.
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