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China summons Japanese envoy after Shinzo Abe visits Yasukuni Shrine honouring Japan's war dead.
PM says people voted for decisive and stable politics after ruling bloc gains control of both chambers of parliament.
Half of seats in upper house of parliament up for grabs, with analysts predicting ruling party will strengthen position.
Big win a major boost for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party ahead of a July national vote.
Visits to the Yasukuni Shrine have irked the region's diplomats, but policy has domestic support in Japan.
Critics say the Yasukuni Shrine symbolises Japan’s failure to atone for its past militarism and war crimes.
Shinzo Abe, who served as premier for a year from September 2006, easily beats rival in run-off for LDP chief's post.
Japan says no formal communication received on suspension of ministerial-level contacts over maritime dispute.
Politically, economically and socially, the Japan of 2006 is a very different country from the one that Junichiro Koizumi inherited w
Julian Ryall in Tokyo

Japan's lower house of parliament has elected Shinzo Abe as the country's new prime minister replacing, Junichiro Koizumi.

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