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Abe's election win gives him one last chance to push his goals

It's now or never as the prime minister faces a weakened opposition

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a press conference following the general election on Oct.23 in Tokyo.(Photo by Maho Obata)

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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