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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (L) stands next to his cabinet ministers raising their hands and shouting "banzai" (cheers) after the dissolution of the lower house was announced at the Parliament in Tokyo November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (L) stands next to his cabinet ministers raising their hands and shouting "banzai" (cheers) after the dissolution of the lower house was announced at the Parliament in Tokyo November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim...more

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (L) stands next to his cabinet ministers raising their hands and shouting "banzai" (cheers) after the dissolution of the lower house was announced at the Parliament in Tokyo November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (C) and his party's lawmakers raise their fists as they pledge to win in the upcoming election at their party's meeting after the dissolution of the lower house in Tokyo November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (C) and his party's lawmakers raise their fists as they pledge to win in the upcoming election at their party's meeting after the dissolution of the lower house in Tokyo November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (C) and his party's lawmakers raise their fists as they pledge to win in the upcoming election at their party's meeting after the dissolution of the lower house in Tokyo November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is seen through a silhouette of a decoration on a wall during his news conference at his official residence in Tokyo November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is seen through a silhouette of a decoration on a wall during his news conference at his official residence in Tokyo November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is seen through a silhouette of a decoration on a wall during his news conference at his official residence in Tokyo November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks at his news conference at his official residence in Tokyo November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks at his news conference at his official residence in Tokyo November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks at his news conference at his official residence in Tokyo November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda bows his head to Japan's national flag as he enters a news conference room at his official residence in Tokyo November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda bows his head to Japan's national flag as he enters a news conference room at his official residence in Tokyo November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda bows his head to Japan's national flag as he enters a news conference room at his official residence in Tokyo November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda bows his head after his news conference at his official residence in Tokyo November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda bows his head after his news conference at his official residence in Tokyo November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda bows his head after his news conference at his official residence in Tokyo November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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