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Polls suggest Liberal Democratic Party of ex-prime minister Shinzo Abe would take the lead in Sunday's elections.
Mainstream parties in Japan are losing the trust of the people as renegade politicians gain support.
Prime minister urges voters not to abandon ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
PM's coalition set to lose control of upper house of parliament, say exit polls.
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's stunning triumph in parliamentary polls has handed the leader a new mandate to harness his revitalised ruling party and turn promises into action for a range of sweeping economic reforms.
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's ruling Liberal Democratic Party was headed for a landslide victory in elections for the lower house of Parliament, Japanese media predicted as the polls closed.

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's coalition government was returned to power with a reduced majority, Japanese media reports said.

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