The ruling coalition is expected to win 280 seats, down from its previous total of 305, weakening the dominance of the Liberal Democratic Party in the parliament.
The biggest opposition group, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan is expected to gain seats but it may not be enough to topple Prime Minister Kishida's coalition.
The new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said he is seeking the public’s mandate for his policies after being elected premier by parliament only 10 days ago.
Fumio Kishida was chosen last week to lead the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, beating three other contenders to take the post and ultimately, based on the party's majority in parliament, the premiership.
Japan’s former top diplomat Fumio Kishida, a soft-spoken centrist, defeated popular vaccine chief Taro Kono in an unusually close race to succeed PM Yoshihide Suga.
PM Yoshihide Suga says he won't run for ruling party leadership contest, setting stage for his replacement after just one year in office.
NHK public television says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its partner Komei are sure to win majority in the upper house of the Japanese Parliament.
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