Japanese PM Abe welcomes election results, says people chose stability

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has welcomed results showing his coalition bloc has secured a majority in upper house elections, saying it reflects a public mandate for his policies.

Abe said, “I believe the people chose political stability, urging us to pursue our policies and carry out diplomacy to protect Japan’s national interests.”

Abe was at his party’s election headquarters following Sunday’s election, placing red ribbons on winners’ names written on a panel.

He hopes to gain enough seats to boost chances for revising the pacifist constitution, his long-cherished goal before his term ends in 2021, though it’s a challenge because voters are mainly interested in jobs and economy.

Abe said he is not considering running for another term.

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