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Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso has sought to clarify comments he made earlier in the week attributing the ruling party’s decisive election win last weekend to North Korea, after the remarks drew claims of exploitation from the main opposition party.

“It’s the government that decides how to address the series of threats from North Korea, so I believe the Japanese people chose the government or the combination of political parties that can best respond” to the issue, Aso told reporters after a Cabinet meeting Friday.

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