Japan's newly elected prime minister Shinzo Abe has made his first official visit to the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, in a bid to show his commitment to post-disaster recovery efforts.

Putin Invites Japanese PM to Russia: Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to visit Moscow in the year 2013, the Kremlin press service said Friday. The two leaders highlighted their mutual interest in widening bilateral relations.
LDP, New Komeito to Form Coalition Gov't
Japan's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its key ally, the New Komeito Party, have formally agreed on Tuesday to form a coalition government, Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported.
Abe to Tap LDP's Kishida as New FM
Japan's presumptive Prime Minister Shinzo Abe decided to appoint his Liberal Democratic Party's Fumio Kishida as the country's foreign minister, Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported Tuesday.
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LDP Reassumes Power in Japan
In the wake of the global economic slowdown, the series of disasters that hit Japan, mounting public debts and decades of crippling deflation, the ouster of novice Democratic Party of Japan(DPJ) and the resurgence of the Liberal Democratic Party(LDP) to power was seen by pundits here as a foregone conclusion.
Abe 'Must Change' to Build Ties
The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan's won an emphatic election victory, but tension with China will continue if party chief Shinzo Abe ditches pragmatism and follows his hawkish campaign rhetoric, experts said.
LDP Sweeps to Power amid Domestic, Diplomatic Woes
After the three-year experience of being Japan's main opposition party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) finally returned to power as it grabbed a majority to win the House of Representatives election that ended on Sunday.
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China Sends Aircraft to Patrol Diaoyu Islands
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One-third of Japanese Welcome LDP Poll Victory
About 33.3 percent of 1,019 Japanese surveyed said they welcome the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) returning to power with a landslide victory in Sunday's general election, according to a poll released Tuesday.
Region Watches Japan's Power Shift
Japan moved to the right and unsettled the region, observers said, after the country's conservative opposition swept to victory in national polls on Sunday.

Major parties in Japan's parliament

Liberal Democratic party of Japan
Established: 1955
2012 lower house election result:
294 out of 480 seats

New Komeito

Established: 1998
2012 result: 31 seats

Democratic party of Japan

Established: 1998
2012 election result: 57

Japan Restoration party

Established: 2012
2012 election result: 54