Mr. Play-It-Safe Prime Minister lives dangerously

The ranks of short-lived Japanese prime ministers can all attest to one thing: political fortunes in Tokyo can change quickly. Holder Fumio Kishida is now the one feeling the heat.

Just two months ago, after a dominating performance in the Upper House elections, there was talk in Tokyo of a “golden three years” in which Kishida could rule without having to face the electorate again at the polls. But after a year of inflated ratings largely due to his bold stance on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, reality is finally catching up. Mr. Play-It-Safe from Japan is suddenly living dangerously.

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