• Jiji, Kyodo

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For Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, fleshing out his policy pledge to provide handouts to people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic is the first hurdle he needs to clear to get his administration on track.

Kishida dissolved the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, only 10 days after he took office on Oct. 4 — the shortest such period in postwar history. With the election in the rearview mirror, the prime minister is now getting down to the mounting tasks facing him, from pandemic countermeasures to diplomacy.

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