Shinzo Abe vowed Wednesday to continue pursuing his economic, diplomatic and security policies after Diet members re-elected him to a third term as prime minister.

Abe also said he had gained strong support from the public in December's snap general election.

During the campaign, he had billed the Lower House election as a referendum on his "Abenomics" policies and barely touched on controversial subjects such as the planned submission of bills to loosen constraints on the Self-Defense Forces. By contrast, on Wednesday he said the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's landslide victory means the public support all of his policies.