On Tuesday Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) awarded Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a new three-year term as the party’s leader. Despite rumors that he might face a challenger—Seiko Noda, a prominent critic of Mr. Abe and a promising female parliamentarian, expressed interest in running—no candidate could garner the 20 nominations necessary to enter the race, and the prime minister was re-elected uncontested. This was a fortunate break for Mr. Abe, after a summer in which he faced falling approval ratings and sizable protests against his government’s security policies.
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