Japan's right-leaning Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) scored a major win in Sunday's election, winning nearly 300 parliamentary seats and looking to land a coalition-led majority in the lower house, according to BBC News.
The win signals new policy priorities for Tokyo. The LDP takes a strong stance on China, is pro-nuclear, and champions loose monetary policies, according to Reuters.
The US was monitoring the vote closely, according to GlobalPost's Justin McCurry, saying Washington was "frustrated" by the "lack of direction in foreign policy" under the former ruling party. But the rightward-shift "could spell further trouble for Japan’s relations with China, a scenario the US is desperate to avoid," said McCurry.
The LDP landslide also indicates growing economic frustration as Japan hurtles toward its fourth recession since 2000.
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Outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Sunday took the blame for the loss by the governing Democratic Party, saying the "biggest responsibility lies on me" and vowed to step down as party chairman, said CNN.
The party lost big -- going from 230 to 57 seats, said BBC, citing local press.
Founded in 1955, the LDP has been in power for much of the party's history.
Lawmakers are expected to install former leader Shinzo Abe as new prime minister on December 26, said Reuters.
The move would see him Japan's seventh prime minister in six years, according to SKY.
Official results are expected to be announced later today, but BBC cited local media as reporting that the LDP had scored 294 seats and is likely to ally with the New Komeito Party, which won 31 seats, giving them a majority.