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Jakarta : Indonesia | Jan 16, 2013 at 7:46 PM PST
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Shinzo Abe was elected prime minister in September 2006 but quit after 12 months

Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan embarked on a tour of Southeast Asia.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday, saying, I want to make my first trip abroad this time as the beginning of the government's strategic diplomacy. Today, the strategic environment in the Asia Pacific region will experience dynamic change. During these changes, has close ties with ASEAN countries, contributing to regional peace and stability, as well as in the national interest of Japan. Abe, who scored a major victory, and always found associated violent territorial dispute with China.

The political views, Shinzo Abe, in 2013, in stark contrast to his attitude while serving as prime minister in 2006-2007, when he made ​​the first tour of China as a destination outside the country in an attempt to repair relations soured by his predecessor Junichiro Koizumi. Japan and China are locked in a bitter battle over the sovereignty of the Senkaku islands are controlled Tokyo. China side of the island called Beijing as Diaoyu. Beijing is also involved in a bitter territorial dispute with the Philippines and Vietnam over the South China Sea region rich in energy reserves and fish. During his trip, Abe is expected to deliver its policy speech on Friday, AFP reported.

Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, on Wednesday, began a trip to several countries in Southeast Asia, which became the first trip abroad since he took office, to carry the relationship as a counterweight to China's growing confidence. Visit Shinzo Abe, to Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia, is also aimed at strengthening economic ties with the dynamic of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), as Japan tries to revive the flagging economy.

Shinzo Abe, the conservative leader, who took office in December 2012, initially said Washington would be the first destination overseas tour, but given the difficulty of scheduling with a flurry of U.S. President, Barack Obama must have seemed to make the plan delayed. Before leaving Tokyo, Shinzo Abe said that relations with countries that share common values ​​such as democracy and the rule of law.

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Sources: Reuters, AFP, AP News.

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