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  • A boy slips his grandmother's vote into a ballot box at a polling station in Tokyo on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

    Conservative LDP party wins in landslide in Japan

    Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party returned to power in a landslide election victory Sunday after three years in opposition, exit polls showed, signaling a rightward shift in the government that could further heighten tensions with rival China.

  • Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will get a second chance to lead the nation after a stint in 2006 and 2007. (Associated Press)

    Abe’s conservative party likely to win in landslide in Japan

    Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party returned to power in a landslide election victory Sunday after three years in opposition, exit polls showed, signaling a rightward shift in the government that could further heighten tensions with rival China.

  • Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda stands still as Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura, second left, and Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba, right, raise hands and shout banzai, or long live, after he dissolved the lower house of parliament in Tokyo Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Japan P.M. dissolves parliament; vote set for Dec 16

    Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda dissolved the lower house of parliament Friday, paving the way for elections in which his ruling party will likely give way to a weak coalition government divided over how to solve Japan's myriad problems.

  • Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, after reshuffling his Cabinet for the third time this year in hopes of boosting flagging public support for his government. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Japanese prime minister reshuffles Cabinet to boost support

    Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reshuffled his Cabinet for the third time this year Monday in hopes of boosting flagging public support for his government amid speculation that elections will be called in coming months.

  • Japanese lawmaker Ichiro Ozawa reads a statement during a press conference in Tokyo on Monday, July 2, 2012, after he and 49 other lawmakers resigned from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    Dozens quit Japan's ruling party in blow to prime minister

    A powerful member of Japan's ruling party and dozens of his followers quit the group Monday and are likely to form their own rival bloc, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.

  • A demonstrator holds a slogan and a photo of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda during a rally in Tokyo on Sunday, July 1, 2012, to protest the restart of a reactor at the Ohi nuclear power plant. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

    1st Japanese reactor goes online since nuclear crisis

    Dozens of protesters shouted and danced at the gate of a nuclear power plant as it restarted Sunday, the first to go back online since Japan shut down all of its reactors for safety checks following the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

  • World Briefs: Iran feels pinch of new sanctions

    As new European Union sanctions targeting Iran's oil industry took effect Sunday, Tehran acknowledged the measures aimed at reining in its disputed nuclear program were taking a toll.

  • Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks during a press conference in Tokyo on Monday, June 4, 2012. He has reshuffled his Cabinet in a bid to gain support from the opposition over a sales tax bill. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

    Japanese prime minister reshuffles Cabinet over tax bill

    Japan's prime minister reshuffled his Cabinet on Monday for the second time this year in a desperate attempt to gain the support of opposition lawmakers as he tries to win quick passage of a bill that would raise the sales tax.

  • Japanese Cabinet reshuffled again to push tax hike

    Japan's prime minister reshuffled his Cabinet on Monday for the second time this year in a desperate attempt to gain the support of opposition lawmakers, as he tries to win quick passage of a bill that would double the sales tax.

  • South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (left), Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (center) and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda pose for photographs ahead of the fifth trilateral summit among the three nations in Beijing on Sunday, May 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Petar Kujundzic, Pool)

    China, S. Korea, Japan try to ease N. Korea tensions

  • President Obama (right) and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Monday, April 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Obama, Japanese PM denounce N. Korean aggressiveness

    President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Monday decried aggressive acts from North Korea, including its recent failed rocket launch.

  • Facebook's Zuckerberg meets Japan's prime minister

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Japan's massive tsunami inspired him to seek more ways for his social network to help people hit by natural disasters.

  • An open area in front of a temporary shopping complex in the devastated city of Kesennuma, Japan, serves as the site of a candlelit memorial to those killed in the earthquake and tsunami on March, 11, 2011. (Associated Press)

    Japan remembers horrific quake, tsunami

    People across Japan prayed and stood in silence Sunday to remember the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation one year ago, killing 19,000 people and unleashing the world's worst nuclear crisis in a quarter century.

  • Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (left) gives a memorial address as Emperor Akihito (second from right) and Empress Michiko listen during the national memorial service for the victims of the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami in Tokyo on Sunday, March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Pool)

    Japan marks anniversary of quake, tsunami

    Across Japan, people paused Sunday at 2:46 p.m. — the moment the magnitude-9.0 quake struck a year ago — for moments of silence, prayer and reflection about the enormous losses suffered and monumental tasks ahead.

  • The Washington Times

    CHELLANEY: Asia's natural allies

    At a time when the specter of a power imbalance looms large in Asia, the just-concluded visit of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of Japan to India cemented a fast-growing relationship between two natural allies. The path has been opened to adding concrete strategic content to their ties, including by building close naval collaboration.

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