Japan's newly-elected prime minister Shinzo Abe pledged to rebuild the economy and mend Japan's alliance with the United States in the face of an assertive China at his first press conference on Wednesday.
Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (front, C) and his cabinet members step down for a photo session after their first cabinet meeting at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo on December 26, 2012. Abe was elected Japan's prime minister by the lower house of parliament after he swept to power on a hawkish platform of getting tough on diplomatic issues while fixing the economy.
Abe was elected premier by the lower house of parliament earlier in the day after sweeping to power on a hawkish platform of getting tough on diplomatic issues while fixing the economy.
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