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安倍晋三今日出任日本首相
[ 2006-09-26 10:19 ]

今天,日本执政的自民党新总裁安倍晋三将在参众两院全体会议上被提名为首相。由于该党在议会中所占有的绝对优势,安倍将毫无疑问地当选日本首相。而日本新内阁也会在今天夜里正式成立。有评论认为,26日就任日本首相的安倍晋三,在外交上面临的最大课题就是修复目前极度恶化的日中关系;而修复关系的关键,是能否恢复双方的首脑会谈;恢复首脑会谈的关键,就在于“靖国问题”。

 

 

New leader of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Shinzo Abe (R) smiles with newly elected party executives, Hidenao Nakagawa (2L) of LDP Secretary General and Yuya Niwa (L) of the party's decision-making General Council chairman at the party headquarters in Tokyo. Abe was to become Japan's youngest prime minister and the nation's first leader born after World War II on Tuesday, replacing the veteran Junichiro Koizumi.[AFP]
Shinzo Abe, an advocate of tighter military ties with the United States, was set to be elected Japan's prime minister by parliament on Tuesday, confirming him at 52 as the country's youngest leader since World War Two.

The hawkish Abe, a relative novice by Japanese political standards, faces the challenges of repairing ties with China -- frayed by predecessor Junichiro Koizumi's visits to the Yasukuni war shrine -- and keeping economic reforms on track while addressing voter concerns about widening social gaps.

Abe, elected president of the Liberal Democratic Party last week by a two-thirds majority, was to be approved as prime minister by both chambers of parliament, where the party holds a majority, and will announce his cabinet the same day.

A soft-spoken, popular lawmaker whose grandfather was also prime minister, Abe has pledged to rewrite Japan's pacifist constitution, boost Tokyo's say in global affairs, and revive respect for traditional values and pride in Japan's past.

He has also promised to nurture growth while pushing ahead with the economic reforms begun by Koizumi, and give precedence to spending cuts before tax rises in the struggle to rein in Japan's huge public debt, the biggest among advanced countries.

Abe's ascent to the nation's top job brings down the curtain on the sometimes tumultuous reign of Koizumi, one of Japan's most colourful and popular leaders in decades.

Koizumi, a media-savvy maverick known for snappy soundbites and cameo appearances with celebrities, stamped his mark on Japan's political scene after taking power in April 2001 with promises to pry his party loose from the grip of vested interests and lift government's heavy hand from the stalled economy.

(Agencies)

Vocabulary:
 


novice: 新手、新人、新秀

Junichiro Koizumi: 小泉纯一郎

address: 解决、处理(问题)

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