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The LDP led by Prime Minister Abe suffered a crushing defeat

Japan PM Abe seeks personal redemption in upper house election

TOKYO (Reuters) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a man Canada Goose Coats On Sale with a mission: canada goose uk outlet to erase the bitter stain of defeat and attain personal political redemption with a victory in a national election this month.

Canada Goose Outlet Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is also leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, speaks to voters atop a campaign van in Tokyo July 4, 2013, at the start day of campaign the July 21 Upper house election. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

With his Liberal Democratic Party led canada goose clearance coalition (LDP) back in power since December and all but assured of a handsome buy canada goose jacket cheap win in a July 21 poll for parliament upper house, Abe might forgiven for slowing his pace a bit.

canada goose clearance sale But allies and critics agree the 58 year old canadian goose jacket heir to an elite political family will not rest until the votes are counted and his ruling bloc is in control of the chamber, reversing a humiliating Canada Goose Online defeat that led to his resignation six years ago.

canadian goose jacket guess history is a turn of Fortune wheel. The LDP led by Prime Minister Abe suffered a crushing defeat in the last (2007) upper house election, which led us to lose power, Abe close ally Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference last week as the official campaign commenced.

must resolve the split in parliament through this upper house election. By doing so, Prime Minister Abe can finally get his revenge from the defeat of six years ago.

canada goose coats on sale Upper house lawmakers serve six year terms and half the seats are contested every three years, so the seats to be filled in the coming election are those canada goose coats that were uk canada goose at stake in 2007.

When he succeeded popular Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi in September 2006, Abe then aged 52 had high support ratings. Ten troubled months later, his popularity eroded by scandals in his cabinet and public outrage over lost pension records, Abe led the buy canada goose jacket LDP to its worst election defeat since it was founded in 1955.

buy canada goose jacket He clung to power for another two months before suddenly quitting in the face canada goose uk shop of a deadlock in parliament, where the opposition controlled upper house was blocking a key bill, and ill health due to canada goose a flare up of his chronic ulcerative colitis.

cheap Canada Goose Two years and two more LDP prime ministers later, the LDP lost power to the Canada Goose online novice Democratic Party of Japan in an canada goose clearance sale historic 2009 lower house poll.

Canada Goose Parka setback then has been deeply embedded in my heart, Abe told a news Canada Goose Jackets conference after parliament ended its session late last month. cannot lose the upper house election.

canada goose clearance Abe spent much of the next five years regaining his health and repairing his reputation with the support Canada Goose Parka of equally conservative lawmakers and canada goose coats on sale business executives. By 2012, he was ready for another run at the premiership. He secured a rare second chance as prime minister after the LDP and its junior partner swept aside the Democrats in a December lower house election.

TAKE NOTHING FOR GRANTED Abe has been in campaign mode ever canada goose uk black friday since.

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gestures as he delivers a speech at a seminar in Tokyo in this June 5, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files

canada goose store A string of overseas visits, frequent interviews, domestic photo op events and use of social media including Facebook have kept him constantly in the public eye.

The non stop schedule prompted some close aides to urge Abe to take a break and even caused some concern Canada Goose sale that exhaustion might lead to a gaffe just when everything looks rosy.

canada goose black friday sale prime minister feels that he was responsible in Canada Goose Outlet the past for losing the upper house election and for the ensuing situation. He has tasked himself with uk canada goose outlet not resting until the upper house election is won, Economics Minister Akira Amari told a news conference last month.

Abe is showing no signs cheap canada goose uk of taking victory for granted. Recalling how media had forecast an LDP win in cheap Canada Goose a 1998 upper house poll, only to see the party lose after then Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto flip flopped over income tax cuts in the canada goose factory sale final days, Abe on the weekend warned against complacency.

canada goose deals Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is also leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, smiles during a debate session with other party leaders ahead of the July 21 Upper house election in Tokyo in this July 3, 2013 file photo. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/Files

we are not on our guard until the end, we will lose, he said on a Sunday TV talk show with other party leaders.

canada goose Abe insists that once the election is won, he will not be distracted from his drive to revive the economy with a mix of hyper easy monetary policy, fiscal spending and structural reforms, including deregulation.

buy canada goose jacket cheap But some fear that with the stronger position, he will shift gears to focus on a conservative agenda, including revising the post war pacifist constitution to legitimize the military and bolstering pride in Japanese traditions rather canada goose black friday sale than dwelling on Japan wartime past.

canada goose coats country has pride in its history so what is important is to have mutual respect, he said on the Sunday TV show.

Canada Goose Jackets The conservative, hawkish Abe imbibed many of his political ideals at the knee of his grandfather Nobusuke Kishi, a wartime cabinet minister who served as prime minister from 1957 to 1960.

Abe will face one test on August 15, when many of his rightwing backers would like him to pay his respect at Tokyo Yasukuni Shrine, where wartime leaders convicted as war criminals by an Allied Tribunal are honored with war dead.

Canada Goose sale Abe has an internal struggle between his head the pragmatic realist and his heart, said Columbia University political science professor Gerry Curtis, adding that Abe emotions incline canada goose store him to explain away Japan wartime actions.

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