Japan: Kishida Likely to Hold Steady on Restarts

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New Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his conservative Liberal Democratic Party-led Cabinet will be more nuclear-friendly than the preceding administration, but will refrain, at least for now, from tinkering with the energy and climate policy framework inherited from outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

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