Japan PM could miss July 11 election target


Japan’s ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) could miss Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s target of winning at least 54 seats in Sunday’s upper house election, Kyodo News Agency said, a result that could put Kan’s job at risk and complicate policymaking.

Kyodo also said on Wednesday that the DPJ and a tiny ally were unlikely to win enough seats to control the upper chamber, in line with other media forecasts, and meaning the DPJ might need to seek new allies to implement policies smoothly.

The DPJ, which took power last year, will almost certainly run the government regardless of the July 11 result because it controls the powerful lower house. But it needs a majority in the upper chamber to enact laws and implement policies smoothly.

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