December 16, 2012 / 11:34 AM / 5 years ago

Japan PM Noda likely to quit as Democratic Party leader: NHK

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is likely to quit as leader of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) after the ruling party was trounced in a national election on Sunday, public broadcaster NHK quoted a party executive as saying.

The conservative main opposition Liberal Democratic Party will return to power after being defeated by the Democrats three years ago.

Reporting by Leika Kihara, Kaori Kaneko

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