Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader Shinzo Abe (C) gestures as he waits to cast his vote to elect a new Japanese prime minister in the lower house of parliament in Tokyo on December 24, 2014. (AFP/Kazuhiro Nogi)
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Shinzo Abe won endorsement Wednesday to serve another term as prime minister after winning a renewed mandate for his "Abenomics" strategies for reviving the world's third-biggest economy.Abe won 328 votes out of the 470 cast by lawmakers in a special session of the lower house Wednesday. Since the ruling Liberal Democrats hold 326 lower house seats, two other lawmakers also cast votes for Abe. Abe also served as prime minister in 2006-2007 before quitting due to health problems.The economy fell into recession last year following a sales tax hike in April to 8 percent from 5 percent, prompting Abe to put off until 2017 a tax hike planned for October 2015 .
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