With Abe's Big Win, Constitutional Reform In Sight

Digital interest in reforming Japan's pacifist constitution steadily climbed leading into Sunday's snap election.

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With votes still being counted in Japan's snap election, exit polls indicate Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic party was on track to secure a commanding two-thirds majority in parliament. Abe announced the election on September 25, more than a year early, in a bid to capitalize on a popularity bump brought on by the mounting North Korea crisis. Our signals show security concerns were especially salient to voters. In particular, online interest in reforming Japan's pacifist constitution climbed steadily after the election was announced. With his electoral victory affirming popular support for amending the constitution, look for Abe to push ahead with a proposal to codify Japan's right to maintain a military force.