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Conservatives primed for return

Japanese candidates made final appeals yesterday ahead of an election expected to restore the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to power and return former premier Shinzo Abe to power.

A win today by the LDP would usher in a government committed to a firm stance in a territorial row with China, a pro-nuclear energy policy, and a radical prescription for hyper-easy monetary policy and big fiscal spending to beat deflation and tame a strong yen.

Media surveys suggest the LDP will win a big majority in parliament's powerful 480-seat lower house.

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