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In politics, there are no 'strange' defeats. They happen for a reason

Japanese Prime Minister Suga eyes snap election in September

Almost a year after U.S. President Joe Biden, left, won his election, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will face voters in his country. (Source photos by Uichiro Kasai and Reuters) 

TOKYO -- "There are strange victories, but no strange defeats."

This remark by the late Katsuya Nomura, a professional baseball manager, is a well-known witticism in Japan. The gist is that there are always inevitable factors that lead to defeats.

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