November 1, Monday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1.Voters in Japan gave the main ruling Liberal Party control of the Lower House in Sunday’s election. Prime Minister Kishida Fumio’s party secured what’s called an absolute stable majority, even without the help of its coalition partner. This ensures it can easily shepherd bills through the House. The LDP secured 261 of the 465 seats in the powerful chamber.
2.Business leaders in Japan welcomed the results of Sunday’s Lower House election and called on lawmakers to act quickly to address the issues the country is facing. The head of the Japan Business Federation, or Keidanren, said he was pleased that the ruling coalition would maintain a solid and steady political environment.
3.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has congratulated Prime Minister Kishida Fumio for his victory in Japan’s Lower House election. In a statement issued on Sunday, Trudeau said, “I look forward to working with Prime Minister Kishida to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic,” and “Through our continued collaboration, we will bring our two countries even closer together.”