Japan's next PM, Obama agree to strengthen ties

TOKYO Mon Dec 17, 2012 7:23pm EST

TOKYO Dec 18 (Reuters) - Japan's next Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed to strengthen ties between the two countries and that they discussed the U.S.-Japan security treaty and economic issues during a telephone call on Tuesday.

Abe, an ex-premier, led the Liberal Democratic Party to a landslide election victory on Sunday.