The election was marked by the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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The ballot, with no real suspense, was overshadowed by the dramatic context. The ruling coalition in Japan consolidated its majority in the Senate on Sunday 10 July, during the senatorial elections marked by the assassination of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe two days earlier.

The Japanese, still in shock, voted for Fumio Kishida’s Liberal Democratic Party (nationalist right), which judged “it is important that the elections take place normally” despite the dramatic context. The prime minister achieved a major electoral victory, winning 76 of the 125 seats up for grabs on Sunday, up from 69 before the elections.

The PLD now controls 146 of the 248 seats in the Senate. With its ally, Komeito, it can also envisage alliances with two other parties and would therefore have a two-thirds “super majority”. This would pave the way for a reform of Japan’s pacifist constitution, dreamed of by Shinzo Abe.

The vote was largely overshadowed by the fire attack Shinzo Abe suffered on Friday during a demonstration in Nara. The former head of government left power in 2020 after breaking the longevity record as prime minister.

A wake is scheduled for Monday evening at the Zojoji temple in Tokyo, to which personalities from the Japanese political and economic world were supposed to go. The funeral is expected to take place in the same location on Tuesday in the presence of Shinzo Abe’s only relatives, before a public tribute at a later date.

Returning from a tour of Southeast Asia, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an unscheduled detour to Tokyo on Monday to meet Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and personally extend his condolences and those of President Joe Biden.

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