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Is the world ready for a muscular Japan?

SEOUL, South Korea — Beyond economics, Sunday's decisive election victory gives Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the clout to pursue his vision: a bolder Japan, enriched by the expansion of the military and a newfound sense of strength.

Japan's Shinzo Abe: Will the new prime minister boost confrontation with China and South Korea?

TOKYO — Forty-eight hours after his Liberal Democratic Party’s dramatic comeback after three years in the political wilderness, the indications were that Beijing and Seoul may have less to fear from Abe than his campaign rhetoric suggests. By restating Japan’s claims to the Senkakus, Abe was no different from his left-of-center predecessor, Yoshihiko Noda, who also raised doubts about wartime forced prostitution
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