Japan PM set to launch new government, defense minister may rile China

December 24, 2014 7:49 AM

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was re-elected by parliament on Wednesday, setting the stage for him to launch a new cabinet with a defense minister whose support for Japan having a stronger pre-emptive strike capability could rile China.

Abe has brushed aside suggestions that a record-low election turnout 10 days ago has devalued his victory and vowed to press ahead with his "Abenomics" economic policies and pursue his goal of a more assertive security stance.

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