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Monday, 17 December 2012 - 19:32
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe wins the election
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Incoming Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe came out fighting after his sweeping election victory, saying there can be no compromise on the sovereignty of islands at the centre of a dispute with China.

China reacted with alarm to Abe's victory, after his conservative Liberal Democratic Party crushed opponents in national polls and he immediately restated Tokyo's claims.

Beijing declared itself ready to work with Japan on "further development of stable relations" but expressed alarm at where Abe was taking Japan.

The one-time premier has vowed to put the moribund economy back on track after years of deflation, made worse by a soaring currency that has squeezed exporters.

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