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Abe re-elected as prime minister of Japan

All cabinet members reappointed, begin work on improving productivity

Abe pledged to tackle productivity and the aging population in a news conference Wednesday.

TOKYO -- Shinzo Abe was re-elected as prime minister in the Japanese parliament Wednesday, with his ruling coalition's big electoral win last month bolstering his position to tackle issues ranging from the aging domestic population to the North Korean threat.

In a news conference in the evening, Abe said his new cabinet would "confront our biggest hurdles -- our aging population and low birthrate -- with revolutions in productivity and human resources development going hand in hand."

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