Voters turned out in droves for Sunday's Lower House election to cast ballots in favor of reforms, hoping the policy steps taken by the victors will strengthen the economy and make people's lives better.

Voters surveyed Sunday by The Japan Times in Tokyo said they wanted Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to push forward his postal system reforms and voted for candidates in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which he heads. But others said they chose opposition candidates because they can't count on Koizumi's version of reform.

In Ota Ward, where neighborhoods are dotted with small companies and factories, people said they focused on the postal privatization issue when they voted.