In a statement following his victory, Kishida said he would “start running smoothly” to work for “a brighter future for Japan.”
“Japan’s crisis will continue. We must continue with the courage to take action against Covid-19,” Kishida said in a statement on Wednesday.
“In addition, we need to boost the economy by tens of millions by the end of the year,” he added. “Beyond that, there are many important issues related to Japan’s future, such as new capitalism, the realization of the free and open Ipo-Pacific, and measures to combat the birth of decline.”
The LDP leadership race was the most anticipated in decades, and none of the candidates – Kishida, health minister Taro Kono, interior minister Sanae Takaichi and House of Representatives Seiko Noda – received the majority in the first vote.
After the race, Kishida received 225 votes – from 299 members of parliament and eight members – to defeat Kono, who received 170 votes.
Abe, whose second term lasted eight years, resigned last September due to health issues.
Analysts say Kishida is seen as a contract builder representing stability. This is the second time he has claimed to be the leader of the LDP.
“The Japanese people are concerned about stability and preventing major change. Kishida represents (stability) and stability,” said Stephen Nagy, a professor of foreign affairs at Tokyo’s Christian Christian University, adding that Japanese CEOs see Kishida as a better option.
Kishida campaigned for a reduction in the income crisis, claiming that Abe’s economic policies – known as “Abenomics” – failed to “fall” from the rich to the poor. He argued that nuclear power should be viewed as a pure source of energy, and that he planned to increase its economic potential.
Analysts say the question now is whether Kishida will be a permanent leader, or whether Japan will return to a period of political instability similar to that of the Abe-pre era.
“Whether you like Abe or not, he has been eight years in the power of reform plans. We have seen positive changes in terms of corporate governance, women in the economy, immigration law, but it is because they have been pushed over time,” Nagy said. . “Will this be the gateway to the premiership, or will this be a leader in power for four to five years can make all these changes?”
Kishida won a runoff against Kono, eighty-eight, a well-known Japanese vaccine minister who previously served as foreign and defense minister.
Despite reports that two women candidates – Takiichi, 60, and Noda, 61 – ran in the LDP elections, and did not get enough support to become Japan’s first female Prime Minister.
CNN’s Chandler Thornton made the announcement.