Japanese Governing Party Wins Control of Upper House
Via the BBC: Japan election: Abe ‘wins key upper house vote’
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has won a majority in the upper house, exit polls suggest.
His Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner New Komeito were set to get at least 71 of the 121 seats being contested, broadcaster NHK projected.
This would give him control of both houses of parliament for the first time in six years.
Japan’s upper house is not as powerful as is the case in the US, but has blocking powers. As such, this is a significant win for the Abe government.