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Upcoming Japan upper house election may bring surprises

Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and coalition partner the New Komeito Party may not win convincingly as polls suggest

The Abe camp has found itself in something of a dilemma: it wants to downplay debate on controversial issues such as constitutional revision and focus instead on Abenomics, but Japan's economy is so far short of meeting the Abenomics targets that it hardly holds up to scrutiny.


THE outcome of Japan's upper house parliamentary election due on July 10 may not amount to the country's equivalent of the UK's "Brexit" vote - at least not in terms of the scope of its impact - but it could nevertheless bring some surprises in a contest whose result (rather like...

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