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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida signaled on Monday that he will pursue defense policies aimed at deterring China, address climate change and accelerate the recovery from the pandemic.

Kishida’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party defied predictions and held onto its single party majority in Sunday’s Lower House election, solidifying his position as head of the fractious party and giving him a freer hand in the Diet, with the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic — including an extra budget — taking priority.

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