Japan's PM Abe says will keep economy his highest priority this year

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will keep the economy as his 'highest priority' in 2017 and visits a shrine to pray for good fortune.
A general view of the Tokyo city centre.
A general view of the Tokyo city centre. PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday (Jan 4) that the recovery of the Japanese economy would continue to be his top priority this year.

"We will put the highest priority on the economy," Mr Abe said at his new year press conference. "We will keep shooting the three arrows of monetary policy, fiscal policy and growth strategy to beat deflation."

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