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Voters cast their ballots at a polling station in Tokyo on Oct. 22.   © Kyodo
Japan's Election

Typhoon-hit turnout could aid Abe's ruling coalition

Japan's prime minister seeking fresh mandate in lower house election

KENTARO IWAMOTO, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was seen as likely to win a fresh mandate in Sunday's snap election, with a divided opposition and heavy rain helping the incumbent.

A Nikkei poll conducted Tuesday through Thursday suggests Abe's conservative Liberal Democratic Party could win 262 of the 465 seats in Japan's lower house of the Diet.

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