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Sunday's Tokyo election seen as a pointer to Abe's political future

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Victory for Ms Koike (above) and her party in the July 2 Tokyo election could erode the position of an already-embattled Mr Abe at a critical political juncture.

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Victory for Ms Koike and her party in the July 2 Tokyo election could erode the position of an already-embattled Mr Abe (above) at a critical political juncture.

Tokyo

JAPAN'S Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces what some analysts suggest may prove to be the greatest threat to his political power since he came to office in December 2012 with next Sunday's Tokyo Metropolitan Government election, where a credible rival for national power could emerge.

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