Japan election: Abe 'wins key upper house vote'
21 July 2013 Last updated at 19:02 BST
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has won a majority in the upper house, exit polls suggest.
His Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner New Komeito were set to get at least 71 of the 121 seats being contested, broadcaster NHK projected.
This would give him control of both houses of parliament for the first time in six years.
Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports on celebrations and the road ahead in Tokyo.