CHENNAI: It was an emotional day for Japan as the coalition of assassinated former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito won 76 out of the 125 seats contested.
The coalition had won 69 seats in the previous election. The LDP alone won 63 seats, up from 55, in the last election.
While the ruling LDP coalition was expected to win the election, there was no time to celebrate as the party bid adieu to one of its tallest leaders Abe. His funeral event was hosted by his wife Akie at a temple in Tokyo today.
Japan went to poll just two days after the assassination of its longest-serving Prime Minister in Nara city on Friday. Experts believe that the assassination has gained additional sympathy votes for the ruling coalition.
Speaking to The New Indian, Nupur Tewari, Tokyo-based YouTuber on Indian affairs and founder of Heal Tokyo said, “The Liberal Democratic Party won the election. Though it was very much expected Abe’s assassination confirmed it with more emotional support.”
“Abe was a popular leader in Japan. People loved him for his contribution and his sudden death shocked the entire country and made a void as well,” Tewari said.
“Abe san wasn’t only his party leader but a Japanese leader with his great vision and international presence. His assassination has made normal Japanese very emotional,” Tewari said.
“It was an unexpected incident in Japanese history. As I have been living there for almost 20 years, I have never experienced any security with either celebrities or politicians. They campaign and people give them privacy and that was the case here too with Abe san,” Tewari added.
“But an unimaginable thing happened and made the entire country shocked and saddened the entire world. The election happened on Sunday as planned and people with heavy hearts and tears in their eyes came to vote and voted for Liberal Democratic Party and cheered for them. It was a tribute to their popular leader Shinzo Abe. They pray for his soul and thousands of people line up peacefully to say goodbye to their dear leader,” Tewari told The New Indian.
The election result will boost Fumio Kishida’s political image and continue long-term policies including national security. Kishida will be in power till a scheduled election in 2025.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar expressed their grief over the tragic demise of Abe. Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State had a brief stopover in Tokyo on Monday to extend condolences after the assassination of Shinzo Abe.
The Japanese authorities immediately arrested a 41-year-old man Tetsuya Yamagami for shooting at Shinzo Abe, while he was delivering a speech during the election campaign.