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EDITORIAL: Onus on Kishida to live up to his ‘careful politics’ in Diet debate

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The Diet convened for a 16-day extraordinary session Dec. 6, setting the stage for the first full-blown debate since Prime Minister Fumio Kishida won a public mandate in the Oct. 31 Lower House election.

The Diet members should make it a starting point for rebuilding the Diet’s function as the “citadel of discourse,” which was seriously undermined during the Abe and Suga administrations.

Kishida can contribute to this process by delivering on his pledge of “careful and tolerant politics.”

At the outset of his Dec. 6 policy speech, Kishida outlined his strategy for tackling the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He promised to accelerate the rollout schedule for the vaccine booster program “as much as possible.”

Referring to his decision to bar foreign nationals from entering Japan as a precaution against the new Omicron variant, Kishida said he will shoulder whatever blames it brings.

However, he did not touch on the lightning retraction of a government request to airlines to stop accepting reservations for........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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