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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe boasted Wednesday that the aggressive economic measures of his first four months in office have helped the economy, but opposition leaders countered during Diet debate that “Abenomics” won’t push up wages and increase consumption.

In the first one-on-one debate with opposition party leaders since his inauguration in December, Abe pointed out that confidence among small and midsize businesses is as high as it’s been in 20 years, bringing wage increases for part-time workers.

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