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Japan's opposition set for victory in general election

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Japan's opposition set for victory in general election

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Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is likely to quit after his Democratic Party was trounced in a national election, according to state broadcaster, NHK.

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

If confirmed the result will give former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a chance to push a radical economic agenda and his hawkish security agenda towards China.

The ruling Democractic Party of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has been hit by a string of defections and widespread disatisfaction over its handling of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.