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Japan's Abe scores central bank win, aims at trade

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Japan's hard-charging prime minister got his pick installed as central bank chief Friday, then readied to tackle the powerful farming lobby by committing the world's number three economy to pan-Pacific trade talks. 

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at a press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, March 11, 2013. Japan's hard-charging prime minister got his pick installed as central bank chief Friday, then readied to tackle the powerful farming lobby by committing the world's number three economy to pan-Pacific trade talks

Shinzo Abe has surprised many since his December election, racing through his first few months in office with an economic pragmatism that has borne fruit and confounding those who tried to paint him as an out-of-touch nationalist.

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