Japan election 2012: Shinzo Abe, head of Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party, today embarked on his second term as the island nation's prime minister.
Shinzo Abe returned to power after the LDP won around 300 seats in the 480-member parliament. Former prime minister Yoshihiko Noda and his Democratic Party of Japan were booted out by voters after failing to boost the economy. Noda was perceived as weak on foreign policy. Voters were also unhappy he proposed increasing the sales tax to lower the budget deficit.