Polls suggest Japan’s ruling bloc will cling to election majority

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By Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) -Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party will likely lose some seats in the Oct. 31 lower house election, but the ruling coalition it forms with the Komeito party is expected to maintain a majority, several newspapers said on Thursday, citing their poll results. Prime Minister Fumio Kishida aims to win a clear voter mandate to press ahead with his coronavirus response and steps to reinvigorate the pandemic-hit economy, but weak election results could turn him into another short-term premier. Kishida took over from Yoshihide Suga as leader of the world’s third-large…

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