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After landslide, Abe says Japan has difficult road

December 17, 2012 • World News


Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda reacts during a press conference after his Democratic Party of Japan made a big loss in parliamentary elections in Tokyo Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Noda has resigned as chief of the DPJ to take responsibility for the party’s loss in parliamentary elections. The main opposition Liberal Democratic Party won between 275 and 300 seats in the 480-seat lower house of parliament in Sunday’s election, NHK exit polls projected. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

TOKYO (AP) — After leading his conservative party to a landslide victory that will bring it back to power after a three-year hiatus, Shinzo Abe stressed Monday that the road ahead will not be easy as he tries to revive Japan’s sputtering economy and bolster its national security amid deteriorating relations with China.

The Liberal Democratic Party, which led Japan for most of the post-World War II era until it was dumped as the economy fizzled in 2009, won 294 seats in the 480-seat lower house of parliament in Sunday’s nationwide elections, according to media reports. Official results were expected later Monday.

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