Published on 12-15-2012 11:36 PM
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By Hannah Beech
Dec. 14, 2012
Shinzo Abe, president of Japan's main opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), holds a news conference at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo on Nov. 21, 2012. KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP / GETTY IMAGES
First came the news earlier this month that Japan had slipped back into recession for the fourth time in 12 years. Then on Dec. 12, North Korea defiantly fired a missile that flew over Japanís southernmost prefecture, Okinawa.