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Out of the polls: Japanese Prime Minister Kishida’s coalition will retain majority

TOKYO – Japanese public television NHK predicts that Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s governing coalition will retain a majority in the parliamentary elections on Sunday, although it is expected to lose a few seats.

Kishida’s Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner Komeito are together expected to win between 239 and 288 seats in the 465-member lower house, the most powerful in Japan’s two-chamber Diet, NHK reported.

Their combined seats will exceed the 233 majority, but will lose ground from the 305 seats previously, a setback for the Kishida administration for a week that could affect its long-term grip on power.

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