This is probably the election result that the Chinese were hoping for:
TOKYO — Japan’s voters handed a landslide victory to the Liberal Democratic Party in national parliamentary elections on Sunday, giving power back to the conservative party that had governed Japan for decades until a historic defeat three years ago.
In a chaotic election crowded with new parties making sweeping promises, from abolishing nuclear power after the Fukushima accident to creating an American-style federal system, the Liberal Democrats prevailed with their less radical vision of reviving the recession-bound economy and standing up to China. A victory would all but ensure that the Liberal Democratic leader, Shinzo Abe, a former prime minister who is one Japan’s most outspoken nationalists, would be able to form a new government. [New York Times]
If the Japanese conservatives take a tougher stance against China like they say they will this will allow the Chinese government to further inflame nationalism in their own country in response. If the economy in China begins to slow, nationalism is what the authoritarian government will have to turn to in order to justify their rule.