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Kishida cancels stump speeches to deal with DPRK missile launch

All national papers wrote that after the story that North Korea launched two ballistic missiles broke yesterday morning, Prime Minister Kishida wrapped up his election campaign tour in Tohoku and hastily returned to the Kantei to respond to the latest DPRK provocation. Before arriving in Tokyo at around 3 p.m., he gave a stump speech for LDP candidates in Sendai at around noon but called off another one scheduled in Akita for the afternoon. The chief cabinet secretary, who customarily remains in Tokyo while a prime minister is away from the nation’s capital, was campaigning in Chiba when the projectiles were fired. Opposition leaders criticized the administration for the absence of the two top officials at the Kantei, describing the episode as representing the administration’s inept handling of a security crisis.

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