FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2012 file photo, Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe, left, leaves the Yasukuni Shrine after he paid homage to the war dead in Tokyo after he became the party leader. The LDP’s victory in Japan’s parliamentary election Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 virtually ensures that Abe, who resigned as prime minister for health reasons in 2007 after just a year in office, will get a second chance to try to lead Japan out of its economic slump. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)

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FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2012 file photo, Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe, left, leaves the Yasukuni Shrine after he paid homage to the war dead in Tokyo after he became the party leader. The LDP’s victory in Japan’s parliamentary election Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 virtually ensures that Abe, who resigned as prime minister for health reasons in 2007 after just a year in office, will get a second chance to try to lead Japan out of its economic slump. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2012 file photo, Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe, left, leaves the Yasukuni Shrine after he paid homage to the war dead in Tokyo after he became the party leader. The LDP’s victory in Japan’s parliamentary election Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 virtually ensures that Abe, who resigned as prime minister for health reasons in 2007 after just a year in office, will get a second chance to try to lead Japan out of its economic slump. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
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