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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe led his LDP party to victory in 2016 upper house elections.
Politics

Japan's ruling party far ahead of opposition as election nears

High level of undecideds creates some uncertainty

| Japan

TOKYO -- Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party is supported by just 44% of voters as the country heads toward a lower house election expected late next month, but the opposition trails far behind, according to a Nikkei/TV Tokyo survey conducted Friday through Sunday.

Asked which party had the policies or candidates they would vote for, support for the LDP was followed by 20% of respondents who said that they did not know or could not say. The main opposition force, the Democratic Party, received only 8% approval, as did the new party being formed by independent politicians Masaru Wakasa and Goshi Hosono.

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