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The Boston Globe


Japan’s voters set to change leaders

TOKYO — Candidates made final impassioned appeals Saturday to Japanese voters a day before parliamentary elections that probably will hand power back to a conservative party that ruled the country for most of the post-war era.

While many voters remain undecided — reflecting widespread disillusionment with any party — polls suggest that the electorate will dump Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s ruling Democratic Party of Japan three years after it swept to power amid high hopes for change.

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