Shinzo Abe (R) chats with Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Shigeru Ishiba (L) before voting to elect a new prime minister at the lower house of parliament in Tokyo on December 26, 2012. The powerful lower house named the 58-year-old Abe as the country's new leader following a resounding national election victory for Abe's LDP earlier this month over the booted Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ). AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKA
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe (3rd L front row) and Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba (2nd R front row) react during LDP's annual convention on March 17, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan.
Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Shigeru Ishiba (C) and Environment Minister Nobuteru Ishihara (R) celebrate their landslide victory at Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election at their headquarters on June 23, 2013 in Tokyo, Japan. Ruling Liberal Democratic Party's landslide victory as all the candidates won the seats, will affect to the upcoming upper house election as Tokyo voters seem to support Prime Minister Abe's economic policies.
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) president Shinzo Abe atteches a paper rose to the names of the LDP-backed candidates who secured the seat in the lower house while LDP secretary general Shigeru Ishiba claps his hands at their headquarters on December 16, 2012 in Tokyo, Japan. The LDP and coalition New Komeito gained 325 seats at the lower house and return to power while ruling DPJ made the historical defeat, dropped to 57 seat.