Japan's new premier gets to work on economy
TOKYO — Shinzo Abe took office as Japan's seventh prime minister in six years Wednesday and vowed to overcome the deep-rooted economic and diplomatic crises facing his country.
Abe was elected as Japan's leader hours earlier, bringing back to power the conservative, pro-business Liberal Democratic Party that governed for most of the post-World War II era. It replaces the liberal-leaning government of the Democratic Party of Japan that lasted for three years.
“A strong economy is the source of energy for Japan. Without regaining a strong economy, there is no future for Japan,” Abe said.
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