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Abe puts priority on economy in New Year’s message for ’17

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his intention to continue putting priority on promoting economic growth, in a New Year’s message released on Sunday.

“I will work to create a society where all people can play major roles and put the Japanese economy on a new growth trajectory,” he stressed.

“The Abe administration will fully start to make efforts for new nation-building toward 2020 and later,” Abe said, signaling his hope to stay in power after September 2018, when his current term as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party expires.

While noting that the year 2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the effectuation of the constitution, Abe said, “Our predecessors have helped make Japan the world’s third-biggest economy and a free and democratic country for us who are living for the future.”

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