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A candidate from Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s Liberal Democratic Party won a House of Councilors by-election Sunday in the conservative stronghold of Ishikawa Prefecture, projections by Kyodo News show.

The result could give momentum to the ruling bloc in the run-up to this summer’s Upper House election. But Kishida is also expected to continue facing challenges including the Russian war on Ukraine, which has impacted the nascent recovery of the Japanese economy from the coronavirus pandemic.

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