JAPAN-POLITICS/SHOWDOWN

Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda attends a news conference at his official residence in Tokyo in this March 30, 2012 file photo. Noda is ready to call everyone's bluff in a drawn out political game over tax. Unlike his long line of ousted predecessors, he might even succeed. To match Analysis JAPAN-POLITICS/SHOWDOWN REUTERS/Issei Kato/Files (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)