(From AFP)

Japanese voters are suspicious of the government’s economic policies and do not trust controversial plans to change the pacifist constitution — but they are still expected to hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s coalition victory in parliamentary elections.

Pedestrians walk past an election campaign by a candidate of the main opposition party in Tokyo

Analysts predict the ageing and conservative electorate will back Abe as the only viable choice faced with an opposition widely criticized as ineffectual.

“The others are horrible,” said Tokyo resident Akira Hachinohe, 52, who plans to vote for Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party.

“They are opposing the government for the sake of opposing it,” he added. “I don’t have a choice other than to vote for the LDP.” Read More

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