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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday a new ministerial post will be created for an initiative to better cope with pressing social issues such as a declining population and an aging society, as part of efforts to shore up Japan’s economic growth.

Abe made the announcement at a news conference to mark the end of the Diet session through Sunday, focusing on social welfare and economic issues seen as important to a public whose support for his Cabinet has plunged after last week’s enactment of controversial security legislation.

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