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Newspaper Predicts Democratic Landslide

JAPAN'S opposition Democratic Party may win two-thirds of the seats in parliament's lower house in Sunday's election, an Asahi newspaper poll showed yesterday, a landslide that would make it easier to push through laws.

An opposition victory would end more than 50 years of almost unbroken rule by the conservative Liberal Democratic Party and break a policy deadlock caused by a divided parliament, where the opposition controls the upper house and can delay bills.

The Democrats have promised to focus spending on households, cut waste and wrest control of policy from the hands of bureaucrats.

But their pledge to keep the sales tax at its current 5 percent has raised concerns about further inflating Japan's already huge public debt.

Previous surveys have predicted a Democrat win but never this big.


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