Shinzo Abe returns as Japan’s prime minister

Conservative leader vows to restore economy, strengthen alliance with U.S.

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Japan must strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance, the cornerstone of Japan’s diplomacy,” Mr. Abe said.

His new Cabinet features another former prime minister, Taro Aso, as finance minister. Heading the foreign ministry is Fumio Kishida, an expert on the southern island of Okinawa, where many residents upset over crime and overcrowding want a big reduction in the number of U.S. troops they host — now at about 20,000. The new defense minister is Itsunori Onodera, who was in Mr. Abe’s previous administration.

The LDP governed Japan for decades after it was founded in 1955. Before it was ousted in 2009, the LDP was hobbled by scandals and problems getting key legislation through a divided parliament.

• AP writer Mari Yamaguchi contributed to this report.

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