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Japan heads to polls, conservative LDP seen returning to power

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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 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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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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