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Japan election

Abe's LDP and partner win majority in Japan upper house election

Prime minister to seek opposition support for constitutional revisions

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe smiles as he puts a rosette on a name of a candidate at the Liberal Democratic Party's headquarters in Tokyo on July 21. (Photo by Ken Suzuki)

TOKYO -- Japan's governing Liberal Democratic Party and junior partner Komeito won a majority of the seats up for grabs in Sunday's upper house election, but the coalition and a conservative ally lost the two-thirds supermajority needed to move ahead with revising the constitution.

The victory gave a tailwind to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plans to raise the consumption tax, allowing him to focus on trade talks with the U.S., as well as a widening dispute with South Korea.

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