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Shinzo Abe, leader of the main Japanese opposition Liberal Democratic Party, answers a reporter's question at party headquarters in Tokyo on Sunday night, Dec. 16, 2012. The conservative LDP stormed back into power in parliamentary elections Sunday after three years in opposition, exit polls showed, signaling a rightward shift in the government that could further heighten tensions with rival China. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)

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Shinzo Abe, leader of the main Japanese opposition Liberal Democratic Party, answers a reporter's question at party headquarters in Tokyo on Sunday night, Dec. 16, 2012. The conservative LDP stormed back into power in parliamentary elections Sunday after three years in opposition, exit polls showed, signaling a rightward shift in the government that could further heighten tensions with rival China. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)

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“Losing a piece of our territory eventually means losing the whole country,” says Shigeru Ishiba, a former defense minister and now one of the prime minister candidates of the Liberal Democratic Party, referring the land disputes with China in the South China Sea. (Associated Press)