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Abe's promise to restore Japan economy haunting him

Mr Abe has pledged to re-focus his efforts on fixing Japan's economy and beefing up social programmes


IT WAS an irresistible promise: elect me, I'll bring back Japan's once-soaring economy and restore its battered national pride.

Three years later, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is facing the enormity of his grand ambitions, and the clock is ticking.

Mr Abe, 60, swept to