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33% say economy was top issue in Japan election: Kyodo poll

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Around 33 percent of the electorate viewed economic policies as most important in last weekend’s general election, a Kyodo News survey showed Tuesday.

The two-day nationwide telephone survey conducted following Sunday’s House of Representatives election also found that 42.5 percent of respondents thought the opposition parties should have won more seats.

The Liberal Democratic Party, led by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and its smaller partner Komeito retained a comfortable majority of 261 seats in the 465-seat lower chamber of parliament.

Among the opposition, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan won 96 seats, the Japan Innovation Party secured with 41 and the Japanese Communist Party took 10.

In the survey, 39.9 percent of the respondents said the outcome was appropriate, while 14.0 percent said the ruling coalition should have won more seats.

The CDPJ and JCP lost seats despite coordinating candidates in more than 200…

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