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Ruling coalition secures majority in lower house election

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe enters the headquarters of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward shortly before 8 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2017. (Mainichi)

The ruling coalition has secured a majority in the House of Representatives following the Oct. 22 general election.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior coalition partner Komeito have won over 233 seats in the 465-seat chamber -- the number at which Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set the victory-or-defeat line for the governing bloc.

The general election was called after Prime Minister Abe dissolved the powerful chamber on Sept. 28.

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