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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe waves to supporters at a campaign rally in Nagoya on Oct. 21. (Photo by Takuya Imai)

Japan's risk-averse youth lean heavily conservative

Generation that favors job security and frugality votes cautiously, too

KEN MORIYASU, Nikkei Asian Review chief desk editor | Japan

TOKYO -- Japan's youth showed strong support for the establishment and voted heavily for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Sunday's election -- the first lower house poll since the voting age was lowered to 18 from 20 -- Kyodo data reveals.

Exit polls put support for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's LDP at 39.9% among 18- and 19-year-olds, almost four times higher than their second-favorite choice, Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's Party of Hope.

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