Japan goes to poll in snap election; Prime Minister Shinzo Abe likely to win fresh mandate [Photos]

Millions braved typhoon in Japan a snap election likely to hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a fresh mandate to revive the world's third-largest economy

FP Staff October 22, 2017 12:36:37 IST
Millions of Japanese braved typhoon condition on Sunday for a snap selection likely to hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a fresh mandate to revive the World's third-largest economy. AP
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Millions of Japanese braved typhoon condition on Sunday for a snap selection likely to hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a fresh mandate to revive the World's third-largest economy. AP
Polling stations opened across Japan at 7 am (local time) with voters battling high winds and driving rains as an election-day typhoon barrelled towards the island country. AP
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Polling stations opened across Japan at 7 am (local time) with voters battling high winds and driving rains as an election-day typhoon barrelled towards the island country. AP
Media polls suggest that Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition is likely to win the elections and possibly even retain its two-third majority in the more powerful lower house of Parliament. AP
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Media polls suggest that Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition is likely to win the elections and possibly even retain its two-third majority in the more powerful lower house of Parliament. AP
The voting comes shortly after North Korea lobbed two missiles over the northern island of Hokkaido and threatened to sink Japan into the sea.AP
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The voting comes shortly after North Korea lobbed two missiles over the northern island of Hokkaido and threatened to sink Japan into the sea.AP
"I think the most serious threat we face now is North Korea situation. I feel prime minister Abe has been showing best tactics to handle the situation compared to other politicians," said 51-year-old voter, Naomi Mochida. AP
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"I think the most serious threat we face now is North Korea situation. I feel prime minister Abe has been showing best tactics to handle the situation compared to other politicians," said 51-year-old voter, Naomi Mochida. AP
Analysts say if the weather affects turnout, it is likely to benefit Abe, whose conservative voters are determined to put the nationalist blue blood on course to become the country's longest-serving leader. AP
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Analysts say if the weather affects turnout, it is likely to benefit Abe, whose conservative voters are determined to put the nationalist blue blood on course to become the country's longest-serving leader. AP
The Japanese leader has taken a hawkish stand against North Korea and said all options are on the table to counter Pyongyang's nuclear threat. AP
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The Japanese leader has taken a hawkish stand against North Korea and said all options are on the table to counter Pyongyang's nuclear threat. AP