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Polls point to landslide for Prime Minister Abe's ruling party in Japan's upcoming election

  • In this Dec. 3, 2014 photo, Hirotaka Ishihara, center, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) candidate for a Tokyo district, delivers a speech during a lower house election campaign rally at a subway station in Tokyo. New polls show that Japan's ruling party could be headed toward an even larger-than-anticipated victory in upcoming national elections. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    In this Dec. 3, 2014 photo, Hirotaka Ishihara, center, the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) candidate for a Tokyo district, delivers a speech during a lower house election campaign rally at a subway station in Tokyo. New polls show that Japan's ruling party could be headed toward an even larger-than-anticipated victory in upcoming national elections. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Dec. 3, 2014 photo, a ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) candidate for a Tokyo district, right, speaks with a voter during a lower house election campaign rally at a subway station in Tokyo. New polls show that Japan's ruling party could be headed toward an even larger-than-anticipated victory in upcoming national elections. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

    In this Dec. 3, 2014 photo, a ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) candidate for a Tokyo district, right, speaks with a voter during a lower house election campaign rally at a subway station in Tokyo. New polls show that Japan's ruling party could be headed toward an even larger-than-anticipated victory in upcoming national elections. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Japan's Prime Minister and President of ruling Liberal Democratic Party Shinzo Abe gives a speech to the crowd in Wakayama, western Japan Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. New polls show that Japan's ruling party could be headed toward an even larger-than-anticipated victory in upcoming national elections. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT

    Japan's Prime Minister and President of ruling Liberal Democratic Party Shinzo Abe gives a speech to the crowd in Wakayama, western Japan Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. New polls show that Japan's ruling party could be headed toward an even larger-than-anticipated victory in upcoming national elections. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

Japan's ruling party may be headed toward an even larger-than-anticipated victory in upcoming national elections, according to major media polls published Thursday.

The Liberal Democratic Party could take more than 300 of the 475 seats in Japan's lower house election on Dec. 14, Japan's major newspapers and Kyodo news service said, based on voter surveys each did.

A resounding victory could help Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tackle politically difficult issues such as opening up Japan's agriculture markets and restarting nuclear power plants.

The Liberal Democrats and coalition partner Komeito were widely expected to win the election, but many analysts have been predicting that they could lose some seats.

Abe dissolved the lower house last month to force a snap election.