Japanese newspapers project main opposition LDP will win majority based on polls, analysis

Major Japanese newspapers are projecting that the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party will win a majority of seats in next Sunday's election.

The projections by the Asahi and Yomiuri newspapers published Thursday were based on telephone polls and their own reporting, analysis and prediction methods.

A survey by the Asahi newspaper estimated that the LDP, which ruled Japan for most of the post-World War II era, could win 257 to 285 seats in the 480-seat lower house, while the ruling Democratic Party of Japan was seen winning about 80 seats.

However, the Asahi said about 40 to 50 percent of voters are undecided, meaning the actual results could be quite different.

Experts cautioned about giving too much weight to the projections given the high portion of people who are undecided.