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The 48th Japanese General Election and the Changes of Political Parties in Japan

RheeBeom Lee 1

1강릉원주대학교

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ABSTRACT

In the 48th Japan general elections in 2017, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) won a landslide victory. The main reasons were that the anti-LDP oppsition parties split up, and voters praised the Abe administration's policy capability and the ability of the LDP to manage Administrative capacity of government. With the approval ratings of the Abe cabinet and the LDP falling before the election, there was a possibility that the number of LDP seats could drop. But it didn’happen because many voters suppoted the key policies of the Abe cabinet such as Abenomics. Since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has regained power in 2012, the LDP's policy capability and its ability to manage administrative capacity of government have greatly enlarged. And the negative characteristics of the previous LDP are no longer true. That is why the LDP’popularity has been maintained at it’s late 30s percent. On the other hand, the popularity of opposition parties is below 10 percent. Also, anti-the LDP voters' overwhelming support for the opposition parties has gone beyond further expectations. The LDP's one-party system is expected to last for quite a while.

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