Japan's governing coalition parties have secured a comfortable majority in the Upper House, as a result of Sunday's election. The victory will end a divided Diet, in which the opposition parties controlled the Upper chamber.
121 seats in the Upper House were at stake in the election. That's half the chamber's 242 seats.
Early results and exit polls show that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner New Komeito have secured 71 seats. When combined with their 59 uncontested seats, the 2 parties will control 130 seats, well over a majority of 122.
NHK's exit polls show that the LDP is set to win between 63 and 68 seats. This would not be enough for the party to secure a majority on its own. Still, the party is set to score its best showing ever, under the current Upper House election system.
New Komeito is likely to secure 10 to 12 seats, the first double-digit win in 9 years.
The LDP-led coalition returned to power in last December's general election. The coalition controls more than a two-thirds majority in the Lower House.
But the Upper House was controlled by the opposition parties. The biggest focus of Sunday's election was whether the governing parties would claim a majority in the chamber, ending the divided Diet and years of political deadlock.
The Democratic Party, which was in power until last December, had the largest number of seats in the Upper House going into the election.
NHK's exit polls suggest that the Democrats are likely to win between 14 and 21 seats. That's less than half the number of seats that were up for election, and the worst showing since the party was launched.
The Japan Restoration Party is projected to win between 7 and 10 seats. The party is co-led by Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto and former Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara. The party is the 3rd largest force in the Lower House.
Your Party is likely to win between 6 and 9 seats.
The People's Life Party is likely to secure one seat.
The Japanese Communist Party is set to win 5 to 10 seats.
The Social Democratic Party is projected to win one seat.
Green Wind and New Party Daichi are unlikely to win any seat.
The Political Local Party of Okinawa is set to win one seat. Independents are likely to secure one to 2 seats.