Tokyo heads to polls in vote that could spell trouble for PM

By Reuters
July 03,2017
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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to reporters as he arrives at his office in Tokyo, Japan, July 3, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he took the results of a Tokyo assembly election "seriously" and would work to regain the public's trust.

Abe's Liberal Democratic Party suffered an historic defeat in the election on Sunday, signalling trouble ahead for the premier, who has suffered from slumping support because of a favouritism scandal.

(Reporting by William Mallard and Kaori Kaneko)