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With an already fraught Sino-Japanese relationship, Japan's conservative Liberal Democratic Party's return to power commands concern.
LDP leader Shinzo Abe was hawkish on the campaign trail, which forecasts more assertive foreign and defense policies by the government he will head. And one of the major things on his to-do list is bolstering Japan's military and coastal defenses.
For the first time in decades, national defense played a significant role in Japan's general election. The LDP has promised to get tough in the country's territorial row with China, which will increase tension. Its election manifesto calls for studying the permanent basing of "civil servants" on China's Diaoyu Islands, known as the Senkakus in Japan.