Japan's Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe acknowledges applause from lawmakers after being named Japan's new prime minister at the lower house of Parliament in Tokyo Wednesday,

 

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Japan's Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe acknowledges applause from lawmakers after being named Japan's new prime minister at the lower house of Parliament in Tokyo Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. The rise of Abe, whose nationalist positions have in the past angered Japan's neighbors, ends more than three years at the helm for the left-leaning Democratic Party of Japan and brings back the conservative, pro-big business LDP that governed for most of the post-World War II era. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)