The Chronicle



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.

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