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Fresh off a sweeping victory in Sunday’s Upper House election, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will be looking to tick a number of boxes on a growing list of goals — including some that have proved elusive over his first nine months in office.

From a signature economic policy that he pushed early on in his administration and moves on Japan’s still-onerous COVID-19 border measures to a potentially unprecedented shift on defense, the prime minister will soon have his hands full, even with his fresh mandate.

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