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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party scored a decisive election victory on Oct. 22.   © Reuters

Asia takes stock of Japan's pacifism after Abe win

Revising the constitution could fuel tensions in the region

MITSURU OBE, Nikkei staff writer | China

TOKYO -- The landslide election victory by the Liberal Democratic Party on Sunday hands Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the seats needed to start the parliamentary procedures toward revising the country's pacifist constitution, a prospect that brings mixed feelings to the rest of Asia.

The election results virtually guarantees that Abe will get a third three-year term as leader of the party next year when a leadership contest is expected to be held. LDP and its junior coalition partner Komeito won two-thirds of the seats in Japan's lower house. 

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