Japan goes to polls as Abe seeks mandate on economic reforms
December 14 , 2014
Japanese voters are casting their ballots in a snap poll, which is being seen as a referendum on the economic polices of prime minister Shinzo Abe.
MPs for the 475 seats in the lower house of parliament will be chosen in the elections that were called by Abe after official data confirmed that Japan had re-entered recession.
Surveys have shown that his coalition is expected to get a majority but with a reduced mandate.
After Abe took power in 2013, the economy showed impressive growth for a while, but in recent months it has fallen back into recession.