Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda quits as party chief after election loss

Taking the responsibility for his party`s loss in parliamentary elections upon himself, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Sunday resigned as the chief of the Democratic Party of Japan.

Updated: Dec 16, 2012, 22:25 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Tokyo: Taking the responsibility for his party`s loss in parliamentary elections upon himself, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Sunday resigned as the chief of the Democratic Party of Japan.

The main opposition Liberal Democratic Party won between 275 and 300 seats in the 480-seat lower house of parliament in today`s election, NHK exit polls projected.

The DPJ was expected to capture less than 100 seats, far below its pre-election strength of 230.

Noda called the results "extremely severe" at a late night news conference, and said that the party lawmakers would hold a meeting as soon as possible to pick a new leader.

With agency inputs