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A local election in Tokyo may have just changed Japanese politics

A local election in Tokyo may have just changed Japanese politics

The new party of the Japanese capital's populist governor appeared headed for a thumping victory Sunday over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's scandal-laden ruling party in a Tokyo assembly election that could alter national politics, with Abe's historic defeat probably making it difficult for him to achieve his agenda.

Gov. Yuriko Koike's Tomin First no Kai, or Tokyoites First party, won 49 of the 127 assembly seats, a victory for all but one of the candidates it fielded, Japanese television stations reported Sunday evening after the voting ended.

Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, meanwhile, took a beating for recent scandals and an increasingly criticized high-handed approach. The...

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