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Noda re-elected DPJ head of Japan

2012-09-21 09:22:21 GMT2012-09-21 17:22:21(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda addresses the leadership election of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) in Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 21, 2012. Yoshihiko Noda won the leadership election of DPJ by a big margin here on Friday, initial results showed. (Xinhua/Kenichiro Seki)

Japanese former Agriculture Minister Hirotaka Akamatsu addresses the leadership election of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) in Tokyo, Japan, on Sept. 21, 2012. Japanese Prime Minister and incumbent party leader Yoshihiko Noda and three other candidates including former Internal Affairs Minister Kazuhiro Haraguchi, former Agriculture Minister Hirotaka Akamatsu, and another ex-Agriculture Minister Michihiko Kano attended the election. Yoshihiko Noda finally won by a big margin, initial results showed. (Xinhua/Kenichiro Seki)

The leadership election of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) is held in Tokyo, Japan, on Sept. 21, 2012. Japanese Prime Minister and incumbent party leader Yoshihiko Noda and three other candidates including former Internal Affairs Minister Kazuhiro Haraguchi, former Agriculture Minister Hirotaka Akamatsu, and another ex-Agriculture Minister Michihiko Kano attended the election. Yoshihiko Noda finally won by a big margin, initial results showed. (Xinhua/Kenichiro Seki)

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda addresses the leadership election of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) in Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 21, 2012. Japanese Prime Minister and incumbent party leader Yoshihiko Noda and three other candidates including former Internal Affairs Minister Kazuhiro Haraguchi, former Agriculture Minister Hirotaka Akamatsu, and another ex-Agriculture Minister Michihiko Kano attended the election. Yoshihiko Noda finally won by a big margin, initial results showed. (Xinhua/Kenichiro Seki)

Japanese former Internal Affairs Minister Kazuhiro Haraguchi addresses the leadership election of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) in Tokyo, Japan, on Sept. 21, 2012. Japanese Prime Minister and incumbent party leader Yoshihiko Noda and three other candidates including former Internal Affairs Minister Kazuhiro Haraguchi, former Agriculture Minister Hirotaka Akamatsu, and another ex-Agriculture Minister Michihiko Kano attended the election. Yoshihiko Noda finally won by a big margin, initial results showed. (Xinhua/Kenichiro Seki)

Japanese former Agriculture Minister Michihiko Kano addresses the leadership election of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) in Tokyo, Japan, on Sept. 21, 2012. Japanese Prime Minister and incumbent party leader Yoshihiko Noda and three other candidates including former Internal Affairs Minister Kazuhiro Haraguchi, former Agriculture Minister Hirotaka Akamatsu, and another ex-Agriculture Minister Michihiko Kano attended the election. Yoshihiko Noda finally won by a big margin, initial results showed. (Xinhua/Kenichiro Seki)

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda won the presidential election of ruling Democratic Party of Japan by a big margin today, voting results showed.

Noda, 55, garnered 818 out of 1,231 points in the ballot including votes by DPJ Diet lawmakers and rank-and-file party members, comfortably defeating former Internal Affairs Minister Kazuhiro Haraguchi with 154 points, former Agriculture Minister Hirotaka Akamatsu, 123, and another ex-Agriculture Minister Michihiko Kano, 113.

Noda's re-election means he can retain his prime ministership despite dropping public support for the party and pressure on him to dissolve the House of Representatives soon and call an early election.

Noda is ready to reshuffle his party executives and Cabinet, possibly on September 28 and October 1, respectively, local media reports said today, adding Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yukio Edano and nuclear disaster minister Goshi Hosono are likely to stay at their posts.

In terms of party personnel, the focus is on whether Noda will replace DPJ Secretary General Azuma Koshiishi, the party's No. 2 man, who is opposed to an early election.

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