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Friday, 21st August 2009
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Japanese opposition 'set for landslide'

Polls published in local newspapers in Japan suggest that the opposition party in the country can expect a landslide victory in the next election.

The country's next election is due to take place on August 30th and opinion polls seen today (August 21st) indicate that the Democratic Party of Japan will replace the current Liberal Democratic Party rule.

The Liberal Democratic Party has almost constantly ruled Japan since 1955.

According to both the Yomiuri and Nikkei newspapers, the Democrats could be on course to win more than 300 of the 480 seats in the Japanese parliament's lower house.

Independent political analyst Minoru Morita said: "A change of government is now unavoidable. Those polls show that the Liberal Democratic Party is headed for a collapse, with its support crumbling like an avalanche", reported the Wall Street Journal.

Current prime minister Taro Aso recently said that if he is defeated on August 30th, that he will "accept it graciously".

Written by Kimberley Homer.