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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pins rosettes on the names of winning candidates as the results of the general election are announced on Oct. 22.   © Reuters
Politics

Overconfidence emerges as Abe's biggest risk after opposition sink

Economy, constitutional amendment remain key challenges despite victory

GAKU SHIMADA, Nikkei staff writer, and KAZUKI KAGAYA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Voters handed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a landslide victory in Sunday's lower house election, allowing him another run at the helm and giving a significant boost to 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 serve as a counterbalance to the powerful prime minister. Abe's dominance comes with various political risks.

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