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There is growing concern within the government and ruling bloc that removing the head of the planning office for an envisaged law on promoting economic security could negatively affect the fate of the key legislation that has been pushed by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

“The government will exert its utmost efforts to submit the (economic security) bill to parliament in late February under the new team,” economic security minister Takayuki Kobayashi told a news conference Thursday.

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