Fumio Kishida wins the race to lead Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). This has set him on the course to become the next prime minister of Japan.
Mr Kishida, 64, has always targeted the prime ministerial role, losing out to Mr Suga in last year’s poll. His first mission as prime minister will be to lead the LDP to victory in an upcoming general election.
Mr Kishida, a former foreign minister, beat out Taro Kono, who was widely regarded as the most popular candidate. Given the LDP’s majority in parliament, Mr Kishida’s position as prime minister has been all but cemented.
“My skill is to really listen to people,” Mr Kishida said after securing his win. “I’m determined to make efforts with everyone for an open LDP and a bright future for Japan”.
Some facts about Fumio Kishida –
- He became the longest-serving foreign minister when he held the post between 2012 and 2017.
- A Hiroshima native, he opposes the use of nuclear weapons, having seen the impact on his home town.
- Mr Kishida arranged President Barack Obama’s 2016 visit to Hiroshima, the first visit to the bombed city by a sitting US president
Suga is leaving only a year after taking office as a pinch hitter for Abe, who suddenly resigned over health problems, ending his nearly eight-year leadership, the longest in Japan’s constitutional history.
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