Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Noda dissolved the lower house of parliament earlier in the day, paving the way for elections in which his ruling party will likely give way to a weak coalition government divided over how to solve Japan’s myriad problems. Elections were set for Dec. 16. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

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Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Noda dissolved the lower house of parliament earlier in the day, paving the way for elections in which his ruling party will likely give way to a weak coalition government divided over how to solve Japan’s myriad problems. Elections were set for Dec. 16. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda speaks during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Noda dissolved the lower house of parliament earlier in the day, paving the way for elections in which his ruling party will likely give way to a weak coalition government divided over how to solve Japan’s myriad problems. Elections were set for Dec. 16. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
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