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Abe vows strong N. Korea action after super majority

Oct 23, 2017, 6:46 AM EDT
The victory clears path for amendments in amend Japan's post-war pacifist constitution.
(Source: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/flickr)

Buoyed by a decisive win in Sunday’s election, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised that his coalition will ramp up diplomatic measures against a hostile North Korea, a pledge that critics believe lacks substance although the rhetoric might appeal to general public.

Abe’s strong victory, securing his coalition a two-third majority in the parliament, has cleared the path for him to amend Japan's post-war pacifist constitution and bolster the country’s defenses at a time when Pyongyang has fired missiles over the island recently, notes the BBC.

The victory marks a turnaround of fortunes for Abe and his party that were battling the taint from a series of corruption scandals until last month, writes Al Jazeera.

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