Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan casts his ballot for parliamentary elections in Funabashi in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, Sunday, Dec.

 

              Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan casts his ballot for parliamentary elections in Funabashi in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, Sunday, Dec.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan casts his ballot for parliamentary elections in Funabashi in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Japanese were voting Sunday, Dec. 16 in parliamentary elections that were expected to put the once-dominant conservatives back in power after a three-year break — and bring in a more nationalistic government amid tensions with big neighbor China. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE