Japan's Abe: economy, diplomacy top election issues

TOKYO Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:54am EST

Shinzo Abe, former prime minister and leader of Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), attends a news conference at the LDP headquarters after the dissolution of the lower house was announced in Tokyo November 16, 2012. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

Shinzo Abe, former prime minister and leader of Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), attends a news conference at the LDP headquarters after the dissolution of the lower house was announced in Tokyo November 16, 2012.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's main opposition leader and possible next prime minister, Shinzo Abe, said on Friday that economic and diplomatic issues would be focal points in the general election set for December 16.

Speaking after the lower house of parliament was dissolved for a snap poll, Abe said the upcoming election would be about which party could boost a stagnant economy, rebuild the quake-stricken northeast and restore diplomacy.

Abe, a former prime minister who is leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), said he was aiming to have all its candidates win in the general election and return the party to power.

The election is seen likely to return the long-dominant LDP to power with the conservative former prime minister at the helm.

(Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Editing by Michael Watson)

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