In the campaign for the Tokyo assembly, Prime Minister Abe avoided turning the idea of amending the Constitution into an issue and focused entirely on his agenda for reviving the economy. This presumably contributed to the LDP-Komeito victory, but another factor was the public’s disillusionment with the DPJ, which was in power at the national level from 2009 through late last year. It now appears almost certain that the upcoming national election for the opposition-dominated House of Councillors, due to be held late in July, will result in an upper house majority for the current ruling coalition, ending the split in control of the two houses.