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Japan heads to polls as change expected

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Voters in Japan went to the polls on Sunday in an election likely to return long-ruling conservatives to power after three years in the wilderness. 

Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Shinzo Abe waves to supporters after speaking in support of his party's candidate in Matsudo city, suburban Tokyo on December 15, 2012. Voters began casting ballots in Japan on Sunday for a general election likely to return long-ruling conservatives to power after three years in the wilderness.

Polling stations opened at 7:00 am (2200 GMT Saturday) across the nation in a lower house election, officials said, with major parties vying for premiership.

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