/ 30 September 2021

A new PM for Japan

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

Japan’s former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida will become the country’s 100th prime minister when the parliament holds an extraordinary session on Monday next week. The 64yo won the Liberal Democratic Party’s leadership ballot yesterday after PM Yoshihide Suga recently quit after just one year in power. He called it quits because of anger about the decision to push ahead with the Tokyo Olympic Games despite surging case numbers, as well as the pandemic’s ongoing economic impact. Pundits say Kishida’s victory is a win for the party’s elite – he comes from a family of politicians and has long been seen as his party’s future leader. His critics say he’s super boring, but it could be an exciting time… A general election is due by the end of November.

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