Early in the counting of ballots in Japan, results seem to indicate a few trends.
First, the LDP will not, alone, take a 2/3rds majority; but will retain said majority when allied with it's coalition partner.
Secondly, the DPJ, while gaining seats, will not gain as many as hoped.
Third, the JIP, while losing seats (Compared to the JRP last election) will not lose as many as feared.
The two other new parties expected to win seats are the FGP, a split off of the JRP, and the PLP, a split from the DPJ with more progressive elements.
Estimates are as follows:
318 - Coalition
75 - DPJ
40 - JIP
21 - JCP
6 - FGP
3 - PLP
2 - SDP
10 - IND