The expected victory for the opposition Democrats in Japan's election this weekend could open the way for a tentative improvement in ties with China, with both powers keen to avoid distractions from their economic priorities.
Japan's Yukio Hatoyama was voted in as prime minister by parliament's lower house on Wednesday, ushering in an untested government to deal with a struggling economy and the deep-seated problems of a fast-ageing population. Aso Resigns Japan General Election