Looks like we’ll have Shinzo Abe to kick around again:

Japan’s main conservative party is on course for a resounding victory in Sunday’s election, with exit polls indicating it could take control of two-thirds of the lower house, consigning the centre-left government to a crushing defeat.

The Liberal Democratic party (LDP), ousted from office just three years ago, has staged a dramatic comeback under its leader, Shinzo Abe, who as head of the largest party is assured of becoming prime minister.

Exit polls showed the LDP would win 296 seats in the 480-seat lower house, while its longtime ally, New Komeito, was on course to win 32 seats. Combined, the tally would give the parties the “super-majority” they need to take total control of both houses of parliament and end years of policy deadlock and instability

The news gets better—Shintaro “The Ish” Ishihara’s Japan Restoration Party looks like Japan’s third biggest party.

I hope the LDP sends a fruit basket to Beijing for services rendered. I wonder how this will impact this week’s presidential election in Korea, too.

Anyway, I look forward to reading the analysis at Mutant Frog.