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The Latest: Japan PM pledges $17.5B package

November 01, 2017 - 8:21 AM

TOKYO - The Latest on the Japanese parliament's re-election of Shinzo Abe as prime minister (all times local):

12:10 a.m.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to compile a 2 trillion yen ($17.5 billion) package of policy measures in early December to tackle Japan's aging and shrinking population, issues he called a national crisis during his recent election campaign.

Abe said the package would focus on support for child-raising families and elderly care. He said economic measures continue to be his policy priority and that he plans to compile a supplementary budget to finance some of the planned projects.

Japan's parliament re-elected Abe as prime minister earlier Wednesday after his ruling party's resounding victory in a lower house election last month.

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10:20 p.m.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he hopes to fully discuss North Korea's development of nuclear weapons with President Donald Trump when the U.S. leader visits Tokyo next week.

Abe, who was re-elected by parliament's lower house on Wednesday, described the security environment surrounding Japan as among the worst since World War II because of North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threat.

He said he hopes for ample time to discuss North Korea with Trump in order to step up co-operation between the U.S. and Japan.

Trump is to arrive Sunday for a three-day visit in Japan, the first leg of his first Asian tour as president.

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7:20 p.m.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, re-elected to the post in a lower house vote, has installed his Cabinet, reappointing the same ministers back to their posts before a snap election last month.

The Cabinet ministers were officially sworn in at a palace ceremony Wednesday.

The 63-year-old Abe dissolved the lower house in late September to force an election. His Liberal Democratic Party and its junior coalition partner retained a two-thirds majority in the house.

Political analysts saw the move as an attempt to win a fresh public mandate and re-establish his hold on power after his approval ratings fell to summertime lows.

The victory boosts Abe's chances for another term as LDP leader next September, potentially extending his premiership to 2021.

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3:40 p.m.

Japan's lower house of parliament has re-elected Shinzo Abe as prime minister after his party won a resounding victory in a snap election last month.

Abe easily won the race Wednesday with 312 votes in the 465-seat lower house. He is expected to reappoint the same ministers to his Cabinet later in the day.

The 63-year-old Abe dissolved the lower house in late September to force an election. Political analysts saw the move as an attempt to win a fresh public mandate and re-establish his hold on power after a plunge in his approval ratings last summer.

The Oct. 22 election victory boosted Abe's chances of being re-elected as leader of his Liberal Democratic Party next September to a fresh three-year term. He has been prime minister since December 2012.

News from © The Associated Press, 2017
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