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Japan candidates hit streets in first national vote since Fukushima disaster

Voters listen to a speech by Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at an official campaign kick-off for the December 16 lower house election, in Fukushima, northern Japan December 4, 2012. Abe started his party's campaign for the election kick-off on Tuesday from Fukushima prefecture, where the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years hit the region after being triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami on March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Voters listen to a speech by Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at an official campaign kick-off for the December 16 lower house election, in Fukushima, northern Japan December 4, 2012....more

Voters listen to a speech by Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at an official campaign kick-off for the December 16 lower house election, in Fukushima, northern Japan December 4, 2012. Abe started his party's campaign for the election kick-off on Tuesday from Fukushima prefecture, where the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years hit the region after being triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami on March 11, 2011. 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 during his official campaign kick-off for the December 16 lower house election, in Fukushima, northern Japan December 4, 2012. Abe started his party's campaign for the election kick-off on Tuesday from Fukushima prefecture, where the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years hit the region after being triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami on March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leader and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to voters during his official campaign kick-off for the December 16 lower house election, in Fukushima, northern Japan December 4, 2012. Abe...more

Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party's (LDP) leader and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks to voters during his official campaign kick-off for the December 16 lower house election, in Fukushima, northern Japan December 4, 2012. Abe started his party's campaign for the election kick-off on Tuesday from Fukushima prefecture, where the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years hit the region after being triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami on March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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A sign that reads, "It is the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) that built the nuclear plant in Fukushima" is seen at the venue where Japan's main opposition LDP leader and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is holding an official campaign kick-off for the December 16 lower house election, in Fukushima, northern Japan December 4, 2012. Abe, possible next prime minister, started his party's campaign for the election kick-off on Tuesday from Fukushima prefecture, where the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years hit the region after being triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami on March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Issei Kato

A sign that reads, "It is the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) that built the nuclear plant in Fukushima" is seen at the venue where Japan's main opposition LDP leader and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is holding an official campaign kick-off for...more

A sign that reads, "It is the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) that built the nuclear plant in Fukushima" is seen at the venue where Japan's main opposition LDP leader and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is holding an official campaign kick-off for the December 16 lower house election, in Fukushima, northern Japan December 4, 2012. Abe, possible next prime minister, started his party's campaign for the election kick-off on Tuesday from Fukushima prefecture, where the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years hit the region after being triggered by a 9.0-magnitude earthquake and massive tsunami on March 11, 2011. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who is also leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), speaks to voters from a car in Sendai, northern Japan December 4, 2012. Candidates hit the streets on Tuesday at the official start of a campaign for a parliamentary election that is expected to return the opposition Liberal Democrats to power but risks furthering the policy stalemate plaguing the world's third-biggest economy. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who is also leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), speaks to voters from a car in Sendai, northern Japan December 4, 2012. Candidates hit the streets on Tuesday at the official start of a campaign...more

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who is also leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), speaks to voters from a car in Sendai, northern Japan December 4, 2012. Candidates hit the streets on Tuesday at the official start of a campaign for a parliamentary election that is expected to return the opposition Liberal Democrats to power but risks furthering the policy stalemate plaguing the world's third-biggest economy. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who is also leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), waves to voters atop a campaign van in Sendai, northern Japan December 4, 2012. Candidates hit the streets on Tuesday at the official start of a campaign for a parliamentary election that is expected to return the opposition Liberal Democrats to power but risks furthering the policy stalemate plaguing the world's third-biggest economy. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who is also leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), waves to voters atop a campaign van in Sendai, northern Japan December 4, 2012. Candidates hit the streets on Tuesday at the official start of a...more

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who is also leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), waves to voters atop a campaign van in Sendai, northern Japan December 4, 2012. Candidates hit the streets on Tuesday at the official start of a campaign for a parliamentary election that is expected to return the opposition Liberal Democrats to power but risks furthering the policy stalemate plaguing the world's third-biggest economy. REUTERS/Issei Kato
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