File combination photo shows Japanese PM Noda and main opposition LDP leader Abe at a parliamentary debate in Tokyo

 
File combination photo shows Japanese PM Noda and main opposition LDP leader Abe at a parliamentary debate in Tokyo
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda (R) and main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Shinzo Abe speak at a parliamentary debate in Tokyo, in this November 14, 2012 file combination photo. Japan ruling party lawmaker Mieko Nakabayashi isn't just worried that her Democratic Party will lose power in next month's election; she fears a comeback by rival conservative Liberal Democrats will spell a return to the prolonged one-party rule that critics blame for many of the country's past policy ills. Three years after the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) ended more than half a century of nearly non-stop Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) rule, surveys suggest disappointed voters will hand the LDP the most seats in a December 16 poll for parliament's lower house. That would put Abe in pole position to form the next government and regain a job he quit in 2007. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/Files