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Japan's new PM picks up in the polls

Japan's new PM picks up in the polls

Posted 28 December 2012, 22:58 AEDT

It's only two days since Japan's new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office but already the first opinion polls are in.

 

Perhaps not surprisingly, they show that more than half of Japanese voters support Mr Abe's cabinet - and they're keen for him to make Japan's stagnant economy his top priority. 
 
The world's third largest economy is suffering from decades of deflation and its fourth recession in twelve years.
 
Mr Abe has already set himself a packed agenda since his conservative Liberal  Democratic Party achieved a landslide election victory this month.
 
He's promising to revive the economy through stimulus spending, revise Japan's pacifist constitution and review plans to phase out nuclear power.
 
Joanna McCarthy spoke to Professor Purnendra Jain, head of the Asia Studies Centre at the University of Adelaide.
 
Presenter: Joanna McCarthy
Speaker: Professor Purnendra Jain, head of the Asia Studies Centre at the University of Adelaide.

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