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Abe on Time's list of 100 most influential people

Time magazine has named Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe one of the world's 100 most influential people of 2014.

The US weekly has been publishing the list every year since 2004. This year's list appeared in its internet edition on Thursday.

In a passage introducing Abe, US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew praises Abe as Asia's bold reformer, referring to his economic reform initiative known as "Abenomics."

Lew says that if Japan wanted to tell the world it was going to stage an economic comeback, electing Abe might have been the best way to do it.

From the United States, President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who is expected to run for president in 2016, are on the list.

This year's list also includes Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, a teenage activist advocating the right of women and children to receive educations. She is described as a testament that women everywhere will not be intimidated into silence.

North Korea's young leader Kim Jong Un has been on the list for four years in a row. The magazine warns that unless he starts taking care of his people, he will have to face the consequences of his disregard for a desperately poor citizenry.

Apr. 25, 2014 - Updated 03:22 UTC