Abe sounds bold in Washington visit

02/24/2013 | Asahi Shimbun (Japan), The

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proclaimed, "I am back, and so is Japan" in remarks before a think tank in Washington. Abe's remarks were interpreted as assertive, though he tempered them by saying he had no intention to revisit the recent territorial dispute with China. On the economic front, however, Abe said "Japan is not, and will never be, a tier-two country" as he pledged to "bring back a strong Japan, strong enough to do even more good for the betterment of the world."

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