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  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe exchanges smiles with Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party during ballot counting at the party headquarters in Tokyo, July 21, 2013.
  • Japan's main opposition Democratic Party of Japan leader Banri Kaieda looks unhappy during ballot counting in the upper house elections at his party headquarters in Tokyo, July 21, 2013.
  • Election staff members open ballot boxes for counting in the upper house elections at a ballot counting center in Tokyo, July 21, 2013.
  • An elderly woman casts her vote in Japan's upper house parliamentary elections at a polling station in Tokyo, July 21, 2013.
  • An elderly man casts his vote in Japan's upper house parliamentary elections at a polling station in Tokyo, July 21, 2013.
  • A woman with a dog walks past a poster of election candidates for the upper house election near a polling station in Tokyo, July 21, 2013.

Elections in Japan

Published July 22, 2013

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc won a decisive election victory in parliament's upper house on Sunday.