Keidanren chief calls for stable gov't after LDP's victory in Tokyo election

The leader of the Japan Business Federation, known as Keidanren, called Monday for more stable government after the upper house election next month, following the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's landslide victory in the Tokyo metropolitan assembly election the previous day.

"I would like this momentum to be maintained for the House of Councillors election to put an end to the divided Diet for the establishment of a stable government," Keidanren Chairman Hiromasa Yonekura told reporters.

The lower house is currently controlled by the LDP headed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and its junior coalition partner, the New Komeito party, with the opposition camp in control of the upper house.

In Sunday's election, the ruling coalition secured an overall majority in the 127-seat Tokyo assembly, with all 82 candidates fielded by the parties winning.

Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Tadashi Okamura welcomed the outcome of the assembly election, saying it "reflected voters' appreciation and expectations of the achievements, mainly in economic policy, of the Abe government."