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Japan remained under deflation in 2012

TOKYO, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Japan got no relief from chronic deflation in 2012 as consumer prices fell a further 0.1 percent during the year from 2011, the government said Friday.

Death of 10th Japanese confirmed

TOKYO, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Japan confirmed the death of its last missing national in the Algerian gas plant hostage crisis, raising to 10 the toll of its nationals in the incident.

Japan trade deficit in 2012 hits record

TOKYO, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Japan, hurt by falling exports and tensions with trading partner China, said Thursday its 2012 trade deficit hit a record 6.93 trillion yen, or $78 billion.

7 Japanese among dead in hostage crisis

TOKYO, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Seven Japanese nationals died and another seven survived in the deadly hostage crisis at the Algerian natural gas plant, the Japanese government said.

China criticizes H. Clinton comments

BEIJING, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- China's official Xinhua News Agency Monday attacked U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's comments on Japan's administration of the Senkaku Islands.

Japan likely to set 2% inflation goal

TOKYO, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- The new Japanese Cabinet and the Bank of Japan appeared closer Monday to setting a 2 percent inflation target to lift Japan's out of its persistent deflation.

Abe to cut short trip over hostage crisis

TOKYO, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The Japanese government said Friday 14 of its nationals remained unaccounted for in the hostage crisis at an Algerian gas plant.

Japan, U.S. begin mutual defense talks

TOKYO, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Japanese and U.S. officials began discussions Thursday in Tokyo on updating the two countries' military relationship.

Chinese media comments on Abe's trip

BEIJING, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to three Asian countries is "political posturing," one Chinese analyst told China Daily.

Chinese official for dialogue over islands

BEIJING, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A top Chinese official called for dialogue on the island dispute with Japan while a spokesman said Beijing remained on high alert over the escalating tensions.

Gold down slightly in New York

NEW YORK, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Silver and gold dropped slightly in New York Wednesday, where the price has held steady since the new year, despite a spike in gold prices in Japan.

China to survey disputed Diaoyu Islands

BEIJING, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- China said it will survey the disputed Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea to "safeguard China's marine rights," a Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

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U.S. markets flat Friday ... Trade gap widened in November ... Abe gov't approves $116B stimulus package ... Cook: China is the apple in Apple's eye ... News from United Press International.

Abe gov't approves $116B stimulus package

TOKYO, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet Friday approved a package of over $116 billion to stimulate the economy, hobbled by deflation and falling exports.

Japan protests Chinese presence at islands

TOKYO, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- China rejected Japan's protest over the presence of its vessels in the waters off the Senkaku Islands, using the occasion to attack the new government in Tokyo.
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Shinzo Abe, newly-elected Prime Minister of Japan, leaves the plenary session of the Upper House in Tokyo, Japan, on September 26, 2006. Both Houses overwhelmingly elected Abe as the 90th premier. (UPI Photo/Keizo Mori)
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Shinzō Abe (安倍 晋三, Abe Shinzō?,  ( listen); born 21 September 1954) was the 90th Prime Minister of Japan, elected by a special session of the National Diet on 26 September 2006. He was Japan's youngest post–World War II prime minister and the first born after the war. Abe served as prime minister for nearly twelve months, before resigning on 12 September 2007. He was replaced by Yasuo Fukuda, beginning a string of Prime Ministers who could not keep the office for more than one year.

Abe was born in Nagato and soon moved to Tokyo. He attended Seikei elementary school and Fuku Yu high school. He studied political science at Seikei University, graduating in 1977. He later moved to the United States and studied "English for foreign students" and political science at the University of Southern California. In April 1979, Abe began working for Kobe Steel. He left the company in 1982 and pursued a number of governmental positions including executive assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, private secretary to the chairperson of the LDP General Council, and private secretary to the LDP secretary-general.

Abe was born into a political family of significance. His grandfather, Kan Abe, and father, Shintaro Abe, were both politicians. Abe's mother, Yoko Kishi, is the daughter of Nobusuke Kishi, prime minister of Japan from 1957 to 1960. Kishi had been a member of the Tōjō Cabinet during the Second World War. Since GHQ's policy changed and became more anti-communist, Kishi was released from Sugamo Prison, and later established the Japan Democratic Party. In 1950 Shigeru Yoshida's Liberal Party and Kishi's Democratic Party merged as an anti-leftist coalition and became the Liberal Democratic Party of today.

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