With their pro-business policies, the Liberal Democrats have ruled Japan almost continuously since World War II, and until recently enjoyed solid support from rural areas. The few years the opposition held power coincided with the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters that devastated northeastern Japan. The opposition fell out of favor after being heavily criticized for its feeble reconstruction efforts.
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Combined with other conservative politicians, the coalition has a two-thirds majority in the upper house, which is needed to propose any referendum to change the constitution, written by the U.S. after Japan's defeat in World War II. The constitution has a clause that limits Japan's well-equipped army, navy and air force to self-defense.
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Tetsuro Kato, professor of politics at Waseda University, said Abe won't rush to change the constitution, saying he needs better timing because the recent strengthening of the yen — a minus for exports — and concerns about global economic growth.
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Yukio Edano, the legislator who ran the campaign for the main opposition Democratic Party, acknowledged that while the public agreed with his party's message that Abenomics wasn't working for regular people, he told NHK that the "... people felt we did not offer enough of an alternative."
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