China's official news agency urged Japan's new leaders Sunday not to "pick fights" with neighbours as election exit polls showed the hawkish Shinzo Abe on course to become the next prime minister.
Abe, who spent the campaign pledging to bolster Japan's defences and stand up to China over disputed islands, secured a decisive victory for his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).
Xinhua news agency noted Abe's "landslide'' victory but said the incoming leadership must find a way to manage disputes with neighbours.
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