New PM Of Japan: Japan’s former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is set to become the new Prime Minister of Japan.
- Mr. Kishida will replace the outgoing party leader Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is stepping down after serving only one year since taking office last September.
- He will be elected as Japan’s next Prime Minister in the Parliament on October 4, 2021.
- Fumio Kishida won the presidential election of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) by beating Taro Kono, the popular vaccinations minister, in a runoff vote to be elected as the ruling party’s leader.
- The new prime minister faces a range of tough issues including post-pandemic economic recovery and confronting threats from North Korea.
About Fumio Kishida:
- 64 year old Mr Kishida, hails from a political family.
- Both his father and grandfather were members of the country’s House of Representatives
- He became the longest-serving foreign minister when he held the post between 2012 and 2017.
- He had competed in the LDP’s 2020 leadership elections as well but he had lost out to Yoshihide Suga.
- 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.
- Japan is an island country located in East Asia.
- It is made up of 6,852 islands.
- The Japanese name for Japan is Nihon or Nippon which means sun origin.
- It is bordered by the Sea of Japan to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east, and spans from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Philippine Sea in the south.
- Tokyo is the capital of Japan.
- The currency used there is Japanese Yen. The current Prime Minister of Japan is Fumio Kishida.