Picture taken on May 28, 2017. FILE PHOTO: Tokyo Governor and head of Tokyo Citizens First party Yuriko Koike delivers a speech atop of a campaign van as election campaign officially kicks off for Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election, on the street in Tokyo June 23, 2017. TOKYO Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party was on track for a stinging defeat in an election in the Japanese capital on Sunday, exit polls showed, signaling trouble for the Japanese leader, who has suffered from slumping support because of a scandal over suspected favoritism for a friend's business. On the surface, the Tokyo Metropolitan assembly election is a referendum on Governor Yuriko Koike's year in office, but a poor showing for Abe's party will also be taken as rebuke of his 4-1/2-year-old administration. Public broadcaster NHK said Koike's Tokyo Citizens First party and its allies were on track for between 73 to 85 seats in the 127-seat assembly. The LDP was forecast to take between 13 and 39, down from 57 before the poll and possibly its worst showing ever. "I am very happy that I got everyone's understanding," a smiling Koike said in televised remarks after the exit polls were released. NHK said her own new party was set to win 48 to 50 seats. Past Tokyo elections have been bellwethers for national trends.