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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida kicked off a fresh parliamentary session on Monday with a policy speech, in which he vowed to come up with a road map in the spring for his long-term goal of shifting the nation toward a new form of capitalism that features a fairer distribution of wealth.

A large portion of the policy speech — Kishida’s third in the almost four months since he became prime minister — was devoted to Japan’s COVID-19 response, but overall it lacked new policies. That is partly because Kishida has been unveiling new ones as he goes, and it instead served more as a comprehensive wrap-up of what he has already announced.

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