Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party, or LDP, won an absolute parliamentary majority in Sunday's general elections, public television network NHK reported.
The win is a clear public rejection of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda's Democratic Party of Japan, LDP leader and former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.
"More than a victory, this is a 'no' to the DPJ over its three years and three months in government. The people will grade us starting now, we have to show that we have changed," Abe said.
The LDP governed Japan for more than half a century and was voted out of power in 2009.
NHK's tally gives the LDP at least 248 of the 480 seats in the lower house of Parliament, while the DPJ will have only 38.
The new LDP government's priority will be Japan's economic recovery and fighting entrenched deflation, Abe told Japanese media. EFE