Abe Explains Agenda After Upper House Election

Abe explains agenda after Upper House election

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the results of Sunday's Upper House election show that the people of Japan want political stability. He stressed his commitment to pursuing his political and diplomatic agenda, including possibly amending the Constitution.

Abe noted that the ruling coalition won 71 seats, or a majority. He said it was able to receive a strong public mandate to push forward with efforts to build a better country in the Reiwa era, which started this year, on a stable political foundation.

Lawsuit Calls For Scrapping Election Results

Lawsuit calls for scrapping election results

A group of lawyers and voters has filed a lawsuit demanding that the results of Sunday's Upper House election be nullified, due to large disparities in the value of votes.

The group filed the suit with the Sapporo High Court in Japan's northern prefecture of Hokkaido on Monday morning.

Abe Lays Out Post-election Agenda

Abe lays out post-election agenda

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the results of Sunday's Upper House election show that the people of Japan want political stability. In a news conference, he stressed his commitment to pursuing his political and diplomatic agenda including possibly amending the Constitution.

Abe said, "The ruling coalition gained 71 seats, well over a majority of the contested seats. The voters sent us a strong message to build the nation in the new Reiwa era on the solid political base."

Opposition Leader Speaks On Election Results

Opposition leader speaks on election results

The leader of the largest opposition party spoke with NHK.

Constitutional Democratic Party President Yukio Edano says he will work toward the next election, so that the opposition parties will be able to bring about a change of power.

How The Election Works And The Key Numbers

How the election works and the key numbers

This Upper House election can be considered a mid-term evaluation of the government in power.

The Diet itself has two chambers -- the Lower and Upper House. Upper House members are elected on six-year, staggered terms.

Voting Underway In Upper House Election

Voting underway in Upper House election

Voters in Japan have been filing into polling stations since Sunday morning.

Candidates for Upper House seats are anxiously awaiting the results. The polls are set to close at 8 p.m. Japan local time.

Voting Underway In Japan's Upper House Election

Voting underway in Japan's Upper House election

It's voting day here in Japan and people across the country are casting their ballots in the Upper House election.

In most parts of the country, polling stations will be open until 8 PM. Officials will start tallying the votes as soon as polls close.

Japan To Vote In Upper House Election

Japan to vote in Upper House election

Voters in Japan will head to polling stations on Sunday for an Upper House election.

In most places across the country, they'll be able to cast their ballots from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Officials will start tallying the votes as soon as polls close.

Campaigning For Upper House Election Begins

Campaigning for Upper House election begins

Candidates for Japan's Upper House election are officially kicking off their campaigns, with voting set for July 21.

The election may prove to be a barometer of public opinion on the current administration's six and a half years in power.

Abe Stresses Stability Ahead Of Election

Abe stresses stability ahead of election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is emphasizing the need for political stability ahead of this summer's Upper House election. Abe made the remarks in his address to the nation, as the ordinary session of the Diet came to a close.

Abe used the opportunity to push his government's position on a number of issues. He says he wants to promote local economies, reform the country's social security systems and amend the Constitution.

Japan To Hold Upper House Election On July 21

Japan to hold Upper House election on July 21

Japan will hold an Upper House election next month.

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided on Wednesday to hold the ballot and vote-counting on July 21. Official campaigning will kick off on Thursday of next week.