Japan's Liberal Democratic Party and its allies won national elections.
The vote came after an assassin killed the former prime minister, Shinzo Abe.
He'd been a member of the winning party.
One question is who committed the attack; the other is where the ruling coalition will take the world's third-largest economy.
NPR's Anthony Kuhn is a frequent visitor to Japan - joins us from Seoul. Hey there, Anthony.
What do these election results mean?
Well, the election results are actually the part of the story that was sort of expected.
The ruling bloc held on to their majority in Parliament.
It's a show of support for Prime Minister Fumio Kishida nine months into his term, and so now he can pursue his policy agenda without having to face voters until 2025.
And the ruling LDP and its allies also have a two-thirds majority, which they need to amend the constitution.
And this was Abe's goal. He wanted to change the constitution to get rid of restraints on Japan's military imposed after World War II.
This would be a historic shift for Japan, which Abe failed to achieve during his lifetime, but he could move closer to it in death.
Just so that I understand why that would be important, Japan has these self-defense forces not formally called a military.
Well, they want to be able to deploy it overseas in defense of allies.
They want to raise defense spending.
And Prime Minister Kishida said he will work towards all of these things, work to carry out Abe's goals.
Oh, it changes what the military that they have can do.
OK, so there's a suspect in Abe's killing.
He used a homemade weapon. And a man was arrested. What's he saying?
Well, he said not long after the shooting that his family went bankrupt and fell apart because his mother gave a lot of money to a religious group, and he blamed Shinzo Abe for supporting that group.
And today, one group known as the Unification Church, founded by Reverend Sun Myung Moon, said that the suspect's mother was indeed a member of the church, but they declined to say anything about whether she had donated money or not.
So there are still key links in this mystery that are missing.
Yeah. Well, it's always difficult to get into the head of someone who does something like this.
We shouldn't assume that what they do is rational, but we're trying to figure out the reason they give.
So he is talking about some kind of connection between a church and politicians.
Yes. And I wanted to find more about this, so I spoke to Jeffrey Hall.
He's an expert at Japanese politics at Kanda University of International Studies near Tokyo.
And he told me that the relationship between the Unification Church and Abe and his party actually goes back to Abe's grandfather, who was a prime minister in the 1960s. Here's what he said.
Over the decades, the Unification Church has provided voters and contributions to conservative politicians in Japan, all the way down to Abe.
But Jeffrey Hall cautioned us that we need to reserve judgment and not point fingers until more details of this case become clear.
Yeah, always good advice, but interesting threads and clues there.
Where does the story go from here?
Well, Abe's family is going to hold a private wake at a Buddhist temple in Tokyo.
There will be a family funeral at the temple on Tuesday and a public memorial at a later date to be determined.