Japan's leader vows to accelerate economic measures, TPP

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to accelerate his mix of policies to prop up Japan's economic recovery and speed up parliamentary approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.

In his policy statement Monday opening the 66-day parliamentary session, Abe outlined an extra set of stimulus measures to help the economic recovery and spur more consumer and corporate spending. He aims to push through a supplementary budget to implement the measures within weeks.

Abe highlighted the economy, while keeping his long-cherished but divisive political goal of revising the U.S. occupation-era constitution. He urged a national debate as a step to gain support for a revision, but mentioned the constitution only briefly at the end of his speech.