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Surrounded by candidates of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) gestures as he delivers a speed during hisstumping tour for the December 14 general election in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, on December 2, 2014. Official campaigning kicked off for a snap national poll in two weeks, with Prime Minister Abe describing it as a referendum on his faltering "Abenomics" economic growth blitz. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKATORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images
Surrounded by candidates of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) gestures as he delivers a speed during hisstumping tour for the December 14 general election in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, on December 2, 2014. Official campaigning kicked off for a snap national poll in two weeks, with Prime Minister Abe describing it as a referendum on his faltering "Abenomics" economic growth blitz. AFP PHOTO/Toru YAMANAKATORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on the campaign trail, drumming up support for his economic policies.

Japanese PM on offensive before election

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is on the campaign trail, drumming up support for his economic policies.