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Where Japan's election results point the country's politics and economy

As constitutional reform takes a step closer, economy should strengthen

Fiscal reforms were little discussed during the campaign but now loom large for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's victory in the general election is seen by experts as a big step forward for the prime minister's ultimate political agenda -- to revise the pacifist constitution.  Experts also told the Nikkei Asian Review in phone interviews on Sunday night that the solid political base should benefit the nation's economy, as the government will be able to implement much-needed economic reforms that will boost the nation's potential growth.

Meanwhile, the lack of debate on fiscal reform during the election campaign implies that the government is not ready to take harsh actions on the lingering issue, an economist said.

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