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Not a cleanup hitter, Kishida still aims for home run on economy

Just like in baseball, Japan PM pivots from defense to offense in politics

The changing role of the No. 2 batter described in "The Book" is similar to Fumio Kishida's approach as prime minister. (Kishida photo by Yo Inoue, baseball photo courtesy of Kishida's office)

TOKYO -- "No. 8 batter, second base."

Hiroshige Seko, the ruling party's secretary-general in the upper house, summed up Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's baseball career in high school by naming the two positions Kishida frequently filled.

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