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Ageing Japan and threat from North Korea are my priorities: Shinzo Abe

He said he is committed to protect the Japanese people's prosperity and peace from any contingency

AP | PTI  |  Tokyo 

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, leader of the Liberal Democratic Party, poses for photos as he marks on the name of one of those elected in the parliamentary lower house election at the party headquarters in Tokyo. (Photo: PTI)

Fresh off a decisive election victory, Japan's leader pledged on Monday to tackle what he called Japan's two national crises: the military threat from and an aging and shrinking

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a news conference that he is committed to protect the Japanese people's prosperity and from any contingency. He also referred to the Japanese kidnapped years ago and believed still held by

"I will pursue decisive and strong diplomacy to tackle North Korea's missile, nuclear and abduction issues and put further pressure to get it to change its policy," he said.

His ruling coalition returned to power in elections yesterday for Japan's more powerful lower house. Abe said the result showed "strong support" and thanked the people for backing stability and his government's policies.

He promised a comprehensive package by the end of the year to deal with Japan's demographic challenges, including investments in education, productivity improvements and pension system reform.

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First Published: Mon, October 23 2017. 12:38 IST