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Shinzo Abe

Kishida vows to 'build on Abe's accomplishments' after election win

Japanese PM 'strongly expects' Diet debate on constitutional reform

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrives at his office in Tokyo on July 11, following his coalition's strong showing in Sunday's election. (Photo by Suzu Takahashi)  

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday pledged to carry on the legacy of assassinated former leader Shinzo Abe, following the ruling bloc's landslide upper house election victory.

The election, held two days after the country's longest-serving prime minister was shot dead on the campaign trail, ended with Kishida's Liberal Democratic Party winning 63 of the 125 contested seats. Its smaller partner Komeito added another 13 to the coalition.

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