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Japanese parliamentarians cheer the announcement of the dissolution of the lower house on Sept. 28 in Tokyo, ahead of a snap election held on Oct. 22.
Japan's Election

Japan's Abe owes Diet dominance to fractured opposition

Unity among LDP rivals might have blocked prime minister's two-thirds majority

RYO NEMOTO, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, and junior coalition partner Komeito, won a resounding victory in Sunday's snap election, thanks mostly to the fractured political opposition. 

If opponents of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's LDP had joined forces, they could have prevented the coalition from retaining the critical two-thirds majority needed in the lower house to revise the constitution.

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