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Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leader and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech at Akihabara electronics store district in Tokyo December 15, 2012, on the last election campaign day ahead of Sunday's general election. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leader and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech at Akihabara electronics store district in Tokyo December 15, 2012, on the last election campaign day ahead of Sunday's general election. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Voters fill out ballots for Japan's general election at a polling station in Kawasaki, near Tokyo December 16, 2012. Voters were expected to return Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to power in an election on Sunday after a three year hiatus, giving ex-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a chance to push his hawkish security agenda and radical economic recipe. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Voters fill out ballots for Japan's general election at a polling station in Kawasaki, near Tokyo December 16, 2012. Voters were expected to return Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to power in an election on Sunday after a three year hiatus, giving ex-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a chance to push his hawkish security agenda and radical economic recipe. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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A voter holding his son fills out a ballot for Japan's general election at a polling station in Kawasaki, near Tokyo December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A voter holding his son fills out a ballot for Japan's general election at a polling station in Kawasaki, near Tokyo December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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A voter casts her ballot at a polling station in Kawasaki, near Tokyo December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A voter casts her ballot at a polling station in Kawasaki, near Tokyo December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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An elderly woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Tokyo December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

An elderly woman casts her ballot at a polling station in Tokyo December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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A boy stands next to his grandmother as she fills out her ballot at a polling station in Tokyo December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A boy stands next to his grandmother as she fills out her ballot at a polling station in Tokyo December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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A voter fills out a ballot for Japan's general election at a polling station in Kawasaki, near Tokyo December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A voter fills out a ballot for Japan's general election at a polling station in Kawasaki, near Tokyo December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Posters of Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who is also the leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), with messages reading "Decision" are displayed at DPJ election headquaters in Tokyo December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Posters of Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who is also the leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), with messages reading "Decision" are displayed at DPJ election headquaters in Tokyo December 16, 2012. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leader and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to voters atop a campaign van at Akihabara electronics store district in Tokyo December 15, 2012, on the last election campaign day ahead of Sunday's general election. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leader and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to voters atop a campaign van at Akihabara electronics store district in Tokyo December 15, 2012, on the last election campaign day ahead of Sunday's general election. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (C), leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), delivers a speech to voters atop a campaign van at Shinjuku district in Tokyo December 15, 2012, on the last election campaign day for Sunday's general election. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (C), leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), delivers a speech to voters atop a campaign van at Shinjuku district in Tokyo December 15, 2012, on the last election campaign day for Sunday's general election. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), delivers a speech to voters atop a campaign van at Shinjuku district in Tokyo December 15, 2012, on the last election campaign day for Sunday's general election. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), delivers a speech to voters atop a campaign van at Shinjuku district in Tokyo December 15, 2012, on the last election campaign day for Sunday's general election. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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People wave Japanese national flags as they listen to Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leader and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) speak atop a campaign van at Akihabara electronics store district in Tokyo December 15, 2012, on the last election campaign day ahead of Sunday's general election. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

People wave Japanese national flags as they listen to Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leader and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) speak atop a campaign van at Akihabara electronics store district in Tokyo December 15, 2012, on the last election campaign day ahead of Sunday's general election. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Japan Restoration Party leader and nationalist, former Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara delivers a speech to voters atop a campaign van at Shinjuku district in Tokyo December 15, 2012, on the last election campaign day for Sunday's general election. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan Restoration Party leader and nationalist, former Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara delivers a speech to voters atop a campaign van at Shinjuku district in Tokyo December 15, 2012, on the last election campaign day for Sunday's general election. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Voters listen to an election campaign speech by a candidate at Shinjuku district in Tokyo December 15, 2012, on the last election campaign day ahead of Sunday's general election. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Voters listen to an election campaign speech by a candidate at Shinjuku district in Tokyo December 15, 2012, on the last election campaign day ahead of Sunday's general election. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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