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FOCUS: Kishida Puts More Weight on Economy in COVID-19 Fight

FOCUS: Kishida Puts More Weight on Economy in COVID-19 Fight

   Tokyo, Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--With the adoption of a revised basic COVID-19 policy and a stimulus package of an unprecedented scale on Friday, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is seeking to achieve "a new normal," in which social and economic activities are continued even when the novel coronavirus is spreading, in a shift from the policies of his predecessors.
   Kishida, also president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is apparently aiming to produce tangible results in the fight against the coronavirus, ahead of next summer's election for the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of the Diet, Japan's parliament, after the party maintained a so-called absolute stable majority in the House of Representatives in the Oct. 31 general election for the all-important lower chamber.
   But details are not clear for some measures in the amended basic COVID-19 policy as the prime minister aimed for quick results, some warned, adding that preparations for a possible sixth wave of infections may not be sufficient.

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