TOKYO - Japan's lower house confirmed Shinzo Abe as the country's seventh prime minister in six years, returning him to the office he left in 2007 after his party regained power in a landslide election victory last week.
The lower house of parliament voted to approve Abe's nomination in Tokyo on Wednesday.
Abe, 58, faces an economic recession, a diplomatic dispute with China and an election for control of the upper house that’s only seven months away. The new prime minister has already had an effect, with the yen falling around 6% since mid- November on his pledges to boost fiscal spending and force the Bank of Japan to do more to end deflation.
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