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Election risk pays off for Japan’s leader

TOKYO — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a commanding majority for his party in parliamentary elections Sunday, NHK, the public broadcaster said, fueling his hopes of revising the nation’s pacifist constitution. NHK said that Abe’s governing Liberal Democratic Party and its allies had overcome challenges from upstart rivals to capture two-thirds of the seats in the lower house of parliament. Final results will be delayed until later Monday because a typhoon that battered Japan on Sunday prevented votes from being counted in 12 precincts. But with the majority of votes counted, the Liberal Democrats and their coalition partner had won enough seats to reach the two-thirds mark.

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