Nationalist Shinzo Abe likely to be Japan's next PM
Wako (Japan): Shinzo Abe is likely to be the next prime minister of Japan after his Liberal Democratic Party's victory in Japan's parliamentary election on Sunday.
Abe had resigned as prime minister for health reasons in 2007 after just a year in office.
He is likely to get a second chance to try to lead Japan out of its economic slump.
In Abe's political resurrection, the Japanese are confiding their hopes for a national comeback, backing Liberal Democrat pledges to restore the good times of the 1980s and 90s, before the financial bubble went bust and the economy slid into a 20-year funk.
Abe epitomizes the LDP brand of conservatism and nationalism that kept the party in power for most of the post-World War II era, until it was ousted by the Democratic Party of Japan in 2009.