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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-15-12 01:36 AM
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Odd definiton of "conservative?"
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Japan's LDP set for big win in Sunday election: polls



Reuters) - Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is on track for a stunning victory in Sunday's election, returning to power with hawkish former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the helm, and possibly ending Japan's political gridlock.

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An LDP win on Sunday would usher in a government committed to a tough stance in a territorial row with China, a pro-nuclear power energy policy despite last year's Fukushima disaster and a radical recipe of hyper-easy monetary policy and big fiscal spending to end persistent deflation and tame a strong yen.

Japanese business sentiment worsened for a second straight quarter in the three months to December and will barely improve next year, a central bank survey showed on Friday, strengthening the case for the Bank of Japan to take bolder action to support an economy already in recession.

Between 30 percent and nearly 50 percent of voters were undecided with just days to go, the surveys showed. Experts said that was unlikely to affect the general trend, although turnout will probably fall below the 69.28 percent seen in the last lower house election in 2009.


http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/14/us-japan-elec...

With almost 50% of voters still undecided, how does one predict that the conservatives are on track for a stunning victory?

Why does the conservative party call itself the "Liberal Democratic Party?"

Inquiring minds want to know!

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