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Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s plan to pave the way for an economic recovery before the House of Councilors election this summer is facing an unexpectedly bumpy road.

The prime minister, marking six months in office on Monday, has overcome challenges with quick decision-making based on public opinion. But now he is faced with the need to address the double challenges of another COVID-19 resurgence and soaring prices amid the war in Ukraine.

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