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With the war in Ukraine raising fears of a similar conflagration erupting in East Asia, it’s no wonder that security and foreign policy concerns have found their way to the top of political parties’ agendas as official campaigning for the July 10 Upper House election kicks off Wednesday.

Lawmakers are now looking to capitalize on voters’ concerns on this front, with many parties — including the ruling Liberal Democratic Party — putting an unusually large emphasis on defense and diplomacy issues.

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