Ottawa Citizen

Ja­pan PM faces tough is­sues

New leader to tackle econ­omy, nu­clear de­bate

- ERIC TAL­MADGE

TOKYO • Shinzo Abe took of­fice as Ja­pan’s sev­enth prime min­is­ter in six years Wed­nes­day and vowed to over­come the deep-rooted eco­nomic and diplo­matic crises fac­ing his coun­try.

Abe promised to launch bold eco­nomic mea­sures to pull Ja­pan out of de­fla­tion. He also vowed to step up an al­liance with the United States to sta­bi­lize Ja­pan’s di­plo­macy shaken by in­creas­ing ter­ri­to­rial threats from its neigh­bours.

His new ad­min­is­tra­tion also faces sour­ing re­la­tions with China and a com­plex de­bate over whether re­source-poor Ja­pan should wean it­self off nu­clear en­ergy af­ter last year’s earth­quake and tsunami caused a melt­down at an atomic power plant.

Abe has vowed to shore up the econ­omy, deal with a swelling na­tional debt and come up with a fresh re­cov­ery plan fol­low­ing last year’s tsunami dis­as­ter, which set off the worst nu­clear cri­sis since Chornobyl.

Abe is pres­sur­ing the cen­tral bank to work more closely with the government to reach the in­fla­tion tar­get.

 ?? FA­REED KHAN/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS ?? Pak­istani po­lice of­fi­cers carry coffins Wed­nes­day with the bod­ies of col­leagues killed in Karachi strife. Gun­men wounded a prom­i­nent Sunni cleric and killed his five guards and his driver in the city Tues­day.
FA­REED KHAN/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS Pak­istani po­lice of­fi­cers carry coffins Wed­nes­day with the bod­ies of col­leagues killed in Karachi strife. Gun­men wounded a prom­i­nent Sunni cleric and killed his five guards and his driver in the city Tues­day.
 ?? TOSHI­FUMI KI­TA­MURA/AFP/GETTY IM­AGES ?? Newly ap­pointed Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe has pledged to launch bold eco­nomic mea­sures to pull his coun­try out of de­fla­tion.
TOSHI­FUMI KI­TA­MURA/AFP/GETTY IM­AGES Newly ap­pointed Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe has pledged to launch bold eco­nomic mea­sures to pull his coun­try out of de­fla­tion.

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