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TOKYO – 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.