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Japan heads to polls, conservative LDP seen returning to power

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...more

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...more

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...more

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...more

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...more

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....more

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

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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