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Japan PM's ruling bloc headed for big election win: surveys

TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc is headed for a big victory in this month's upper house election, media surveys show, a win that would end a parliamentary deadlock and set the stage for Japan's first stable government since 2006. Full story

Factbox: Main Japan parties ahead of July upper house poll

TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its junior coalition partner appear on track to win a majority in a July 21 election for parliament's upper house, cementing the Japanese leader's grip on power and ending a parliamentary deadlock that has foiled policy Full story

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Japan's Prime Minister and the leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Shinzo Abe, speaks during a news conference following a victory in the upper house elections by his ruling coalition, at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo July 22, 2013.
Japan's Prime Minister and the leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Shinzo Abe, speaks during a news conference following a victory in the upper house elections by his ruling coalition, at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo July 22, 2013.

Japan's Prime Minister and the leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party , Shinzo Abe, speaks during a news conference following a victory in the upper house elections by his ruling coalition, at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo July 22, 2013 file photo.REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan's Prime Minister and the leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Shinzo Abe, points to a reporter during a news conference following a victory in the upper house elections by his ruling coalition, at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo July 22, 2013.
Japan's Prime Minister and the leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Shinzo Abe, points to a reporter during a news conference following a victory in the upper house elections by his ruling coalition, at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo July 22, 2013.

Japan's Prime Minister and the leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party , Shinzo Abe, points to a reporter during a news conference following a victory in the upper house elections by his ruling coalition, at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo July 22, 2013.REUTERS/Issei Kato

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

epa03796812 Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is also president of the Japan ruling Liberal Democratic Party , attends a news conference at the party's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, 22 July 2013 after winning the majority of the Upper House with a coalition partner in a landslide victory in th