Fumio Kishida, from Foreign Minister to New Prime Minister of Japan

Former Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will succeed Yoshihide Suga as Japan’s prime minister.

Fumio Kishida is confirmed to be Japan’s new prime minister replacing Yoshihide Suga after winning the election for chairman of the ruling Liberal Democracy (LDP) party on Wednesday (29/9).

 

Fumio Kishida

Kishida defeated Japan’s former defense minister, Taro Kono, in the second round of today’s LDP election. Two female competitors, Sanae Takaichi and Seiko Noda, came out after losing votes in the first round of the election.

Prior to the election, Kono had been predicted as a strong candidate for the LDP chairman and prime minister.

However, the final results of the second round showed that Kishida, a 64-year-old politician known for his gentle nature, won 257 votes. Meanwhile, Kono only won 170 votes.

Prior to setting up a career in politics, Kishida had worked in a bank. The man born in 1957 started his career in the Japanese parliament in 1987 as a secretary to members of the Japanese parliament.

It was only in 1999 that Kishida was elected to the parliament of the Land of the Rising Sun.

Reported by Kyodo News, Kishida has a reputation as a calm and honest politician.

He is also rumored to be drinking sake and is a big fan of the Hiroshima Carp professional baseball team.

Kishida served as Japan’s foreign minister from 2012-2017. Last year, he also ran for chairman of the LDP but lost votes to Suga.

As foreign minister, Kishida has made various important decisions, one of which is related to the wartime dispute between Japan and South Korea in 2015.

 

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Not only that, he also helped realize the visit of United States President Barack Obama to Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2016.

Apart from serving as foreign minister, he has also served as Minister of State for Special Missions of Japan, Minister of Consumer Affairs of Japan, and Minister of Space Policy of Japan.

Young Kishida had failed three times the University of Tokyo law school entrance exam. This reportedly disappointed his parents.

Not giving up, Kishida finally received higher education at Waseda University, one of the prestigious private campuses in Japan.

Kishida, a father of three, has long been considered one of Japan’s most influential politicians. Many have described him as Japan’s future leader for a long time.

 

Source: Reuters and CNN. Stay tuned for more international news about Fumio Kishida.