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Abe Hits Noda’s Economic Record as Japan Election Gets Under Way

The head of Japan’s biggest opposition party said he will make Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s management of the world’s third-largest economy a key issue in seeking to unseat him in next month’s election.

“This election will be a fight to win back Japan,” Shinzo Abe told reporters at Liberal Democratic Party headquarters yesterday in Tokyo after parliament was dissolved for the Dec. 16 vote. “I will do all I can to end the political chaos and stalled economy.”