Japan PM Noda likely to quit as Democratic Party leader: NHK

TOKYO Sun Dec 16, 2012 6:33am EST

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), casts his ballot during Japan's general election at a polling station in Funabashi, east of Tokyo, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kyodo

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), casts his ballot during Japan's general election at a polling station in Funabashi, east of Tokyo, in this photo taken by Kyodo December 16, 2012.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is likely to quit as leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) after the ruling party was trounced in a national election on Sunday, public broadcaster NHK quoted a party executive as saying.

The conservative main opposition Liberal Democratic Party will return to power after being defeated by the Democrats three years ago.

(Reporting by Leika Kihara, Kaori Kaneko)

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