JAPAN’S NEW RISING SON
Fumio Kishida, a moderate conservative with a stern view of China’s growing military assertiveness, will be Japan’s new prime minister, after easily winning the election to lead the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
The LDP’s domination of Japan’s Diet, or parliament, means that its president is guaranteed to be chosen as national leader when MPs meet next week.
Mr Kishida, 64, defeated his closest rival, Taro Kono, by 257 votes to 170 in a second round run-off.
He will take office as Japan appears finally to be emerging from the pandemic, with increasing rates of vaccination and new infections in decline.
But he faces increasing challenges from an aggressive North Korea, an increasingly assertive China and a region marked by confrontation and military expansion.