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Dec 17, 2012

Analysis: Huge mandate for Japan’s LDP may be less than meets the eye

TOKYO (Reuters) – Even Japan’s next prime minister, Shinzo Abe, realizes that his party’s landslide election victory is not the sweeping mandate that it appears at first blush.

An analysis of the vote as well as Abe’s own comments, suggests he would be best served by focusing on what matters most to voters – the economy – and steering clear of divisive issues such as revising Japan’s pacifist constitution.

Dec 16, 2012

Japan’s next PM Abe must deliver on economy, cope with China

TOKYO, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Japan’s hawkish ex-premier Shinzo
Abe will get a second chance to run the country after his
conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) surged to power in
Sunday’s election, but must swiftly move to bolster the sagging
economy while managing strained ties with China.

Abe, whose party won by a landslide just three years after a
crushing defeat, was expected on Monday to meet Natsuo
Yamaguchi, the leader of the small New Komeito party, to cement
their alliance and confirm economic steps to boost an economy
now in its fourth recession since 2000.

Dec 16, 2012

Newsmaker – Japan’s Shinzo Abe: comeback kid with conservative agenda

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Shinzo Abe may be thoroughly modern when it comes to pitching his policies on a widely followed Facebook page, but his conservative agenda for shedding the shackles of post-war pacifism is one that he learned at his grandfather’s knee.

The dapper, soft-spoken Abe first took office in 2006 as Japan’s youngest prime minister since World War Two. But he quit suddenly after a year plagued by scandals in his cabinet, public outrage at lost pension records and his Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) big defeat in an election for parliament’s upper house.

Dec 16, 2012

Japan votes in election seen returning LDP to power

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan voted on Sunday in an election expected to return the conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to power after a three-year hiatus, giving ex-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a chance to push his hawkish security agenda and radical economic recipe.

Polls opened at 0700 a.m. (1700 ET) and will close at 8 p.m. (0600 ET), when major TV broadcasters will issue exit polls forecasting results.

Dec 15, 2012

Japan’s LDP leads as candidates make last appeals for votes

TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) – Japanese candidates made final
appeals on Saturday ahead of an election expected to restore the
conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) to power and give
hawkish former premier Shinzo Abe a second shot at running the
world’s third biggest economy.

An LDP win on Sunday would usher in a government committed
to a firm stance in a territorial row with China, a pro-nuclear
energy policy despite last year’s Fukushima disaster and a
radical prescription for hyper-easy monetary policy and big
fiscal spending to beat deflation and tame a strong yen.

Dec 14, 2012

Shinzo Abe: comeback kid with conservative agenda

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Shinzo Abe may be thoroughly modern when it comes to pitching his policies on a widely followed Facebook page, but his conservative agenda for shedding the shackles of post-war pacifism is one that he learned at his grandfather’s knee.

The dapper, soft-spoken Abe first took office in 2006 as Japan’s youngest prime minister since World War Two. But he quit suddenly after a year plagued by scandals in his cabinet, public outrage at lost pension records and his Liberal Democratic Party’s big defeat in an election for parliament’s upper house.

Dec 14, 2012

Japan’s Shinzo Abe: comeback kid with conservative agenda

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Shinzo Abe may be thoroughly modern when it comes to pitching his policies on a widely followed Facebook page, but his conservative agenda for shedding the shackles of post-war pacifism is one that he learned at his grandfather’s knee.

The dapper, soft-spoken Abe first took office in 2006 as Japan’s youngest prime minister since World War Two. But he quit suddenly after a year plagued by scandals in his cabinet, public outrage at lost pension records and his Liberal Democratic Party’s big defeat in an election for parliament’s upper house.

Dec 14, 2012

Japan’s LDP set for big win in Sunday election: polls

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) is on track for a stunning victory in Sunday’s election, returning to power with hawkish former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the helm, and possibly ending Japan’s political gridlock.

Opinion polls by the Asahi, Yomiuri and Nikkei newspapers on Friday forecast that the LDP was headed for a hefty majority in the powerful, 480-seat lower house of parliament.

Dec 11, 2012

Japan’s Abe gets second chance at loosening limits on military

TOKYO (Reuters) – A likely win by Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democrats in this weekend’s election will give the ex-Japanese premier a second chance to achieve his goal of easing the limits of a pacifist constitution on the military to let Tokyo play a bigger global security role.

Surveys released on Tuesday showed the conservative Liberal Democratic Party and its ally are headed for a big victory in Sunday’s vote for parliament’s lower house, returning them to power after a three-year gap.

Dec 11, 2012

Analysis: Japan’s Abe gets second chance at loosening limits on military

TOKYO (Reuters) – A likely win by Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democrats in this weekend’s election will give the ex-Japanese premier a second chance to achieve his goal of easing the limits of a pacifist constitution on the military to let Tokyo play a bigger global security role.

Surveys released on Tuesday showed the conservative Liberal Democratic Party and its ally are headed for a big victory in Sunday’s vote for parliament’s lower house, returning them to power after a three-year gap.

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