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Abe Claims Mandate to Stoke Economy After Sweeping Election Win

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claimed a mandate for his economic program after his gamble on early elections paid off with a sweeping victory that forced the leader of the opposition to resign.

“We were able to gain strong support from the people of Japan,” Abe told reporters today in a news conference at the headquarters of his ruling Liberal Democratic Party in Tokyo. “Control of economic policy was the focus of this election. The message we heard from the Japanese people yesterday was to move forward with Abenomics,” he said in reference to his economic policies aimed at ending deflation.