FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2012 file photo, Japanese Prime Minister 

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2012 file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan waves during his parliamentary elections campaign in Tokyo.  Prime Minister Noda's Cabinet has resigned to clear the way for a vote in parliament to formally install conservative Shinzo Abe as Japan's new leader. The chief government spokesman said the Cabinet resigned in a special meeting Wednesday morning, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
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FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2012 file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan waves during his parliamentary elections campaign in Tokyo. Prime Minister Noda's Cabinet has resigned to clear the way for a vote in parliament to formally install conservative Shinzo Abe as Japan's new leader. The chief government spokesman said the Cabinet resigned in a special meeting Wednesday morning, Dec. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)
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