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Japan's leader vows to accelerate economic measures, TPP

By ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: September 26, 2016

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to accelerate his mix of policies to prop up Japan's economic recovery and speed up parliamentary approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

In his policy statement Monday opening the 66-day parliamentary session, Abe outlined an extra set of stimulus measures to help the economic recovery and spur more consumer and corporate spending. He aims to push through a supplementary budget to implement the measures within weeks.

Abe highlighted the economy, while keeping his long-cherished but divisive political goal of revising the U.S. occupation-era constitution. He urged a national debate as a step to gain support for a revision, but mentioned the constitution only briefly at the end of his speech.

In an October, 2015 file photo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, listens as Capt. Christopher Bolt, left, commanding officer of the USS Ronald Reagan, and Rear Adm. John Alexander, commander, Battle Force 7th Fleet, explain shipboard operations during a tour of the Reagan's hangar bay. Abe has pledged to accelerate his mix of policies to prop up Japan's economic recovery and speed up parliamentary approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.
CHRIS HENRY/U.S. NAVY

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