Japan LDP election: Fumio Kishida is likely to succeed President after winning the presidential election

Kishida is expected to take the reins of the world’s largest economy when Parliament convenes in October, succeeding outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, for the LDP majority in the lower house. A major election is expected to be held by the end of this year.

In a statement following his victory, Kishida said he would “start running smoothly” to work for “a brighter future for Japan.”

Kishida, 68, will inherit Japan that has suffered from the spread of the Covid-19 virus, which has many emergency countries, and growing concern among businesses on the way out of the epidemic.
The free movement is seen as a stabilizing hand, will regulate Japan’s foreign and domestic law, define relations with China, the United States and other regional allies, and will shape the country’s image in defense, economic and social issues.

“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.

During the demonstration, contestants were divided over key issues such as Covid-19 bans, gay marriage, renewed power, wealth and security. It was also the time for the first LDP elections to create more women to compete – rarely in a country where women are highly represented in politics, with only 14% of parliamentary seats occupied by women.
Kishida served as foreign minister from 2012 to 2017, under long-serving Japanese President Shinzo Abe.

Abe, whose second term lasted eight years, resigned last September due to health issues.

Suga took the top post but announced earlier this month that he would not run in his party’s presidential election following a period of unrest that marked a drop in public support as he was worried about having a coronavirus.

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.

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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.


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