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Abe election victory in Japan sounds alarm in Beijing amid islands dispute

Shinzo Abe talks tough again yesterday, saying there is no room for negotiation on Tokyo’s claim to the disputed islands. Photo: EPA

Beijing reacted with alarm yesterday to the landslide victory of Shinzo Abe's conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in Japan's election on Sunday and his immediate restatement of Tokyo's claim to a chain of disputed islands in the East China Sea.

Tuesday, 18 December, 2012, 6:06am 1 comment

Japan votes in poll likely to eject ruling party

Voters fill out ballots at a polling station at a polling station in Tokyo on Sunday. Photo: Bloomberg

Voters in Japan went to the polls on Sunday in an election likely to return conservatives to power at a time of growing tension with China and as the nation seeks to arrest economic decline.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:45pm

Japanese voters set to restore LDP to power

At the outset of campaigning many thought a political "third force" could swing the election, but polls suggest the Liberal Democratic Party will dominate, with the incumbent DPJ the second-biggest force in the Diet. Photo: EPA

It appears a foregone conclusion that the Liberal Democratic Party will sweep back into power with ease in today's general election.

16 Dec 2012 - 4:42am

Outgoing Yoshihiko Noda a victim of events beyond his control

An election poster of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (right) is pasted on a Tokyo wall, next to that of a parliamentary candidate. Photo: AP

It is difficult not to feel a degree of sympathy for Yoshihiko Noda, who will be unceremoniously removed as Japan's prime minister in Sunday's general election, if the opinion polls are to be believed.

12 Dec 2012 - 2:20am