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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida went on the offensive Monday to lay out a blueprint for containing the omicron variant, invigorating the weakening Japanese economy and reinforcing the country’s defense programs even at the risk of upsetting the ruling party’s coalition partner.

In his second policy speech as prime minister, Kishida introduced an array of policy specifics, vowing to administer coronavirus booster shots earlier, expand tax credits for firms that raise wages and complete national security strategy updates within a year.

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