Dec. 16 - Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda conceded defeat in the general election and stepped down as head of the Democratic Party of Japan. Sarah Irwin reports.
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda resigns as head of the Democratic Party of Japan on Sunday.
SOUNDBITE: Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (Japanese)
"The biggest responsibility for this loss lies with me as head of the party, and I will take full responsibility for this and resign as head of the Democratic Party of Japan."
Earlier Sunday, the opposition party - the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan - won in the general elections by a landslide .
Three years ago, the conservative Liberal Democratic Party suffered a crushing defeat - but the victory will give former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a second chance to run the country.
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