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Kishida may pay a price, but has handled LDP scandal shrewdly

Moves by Japanese prime minister could have lasting impact on country's politics

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Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida cracks a joke as he addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress in Washington on April 11.   © Reuters

Kiyoteru Tsutsui is the Henri H. and Tomoye Takahashi professor of Japanese studies at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University and director of its Japan program. He is also a professor of sociology at the university and deputy director of the center.

Addressing a joint session of the U.S. Congress two weeks ago, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida cracked a joke about how he has rarely received such a warm welcome from the Diet back in Tokyo.

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