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Fumio Kishida re-elected as Japanese Prime Minister

10:21, 10 November 2021
Fumio Kishida re-elected as Japanese Prime Minister

The deputies of the lower house of the Japanese Parliament  re-elected the head of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Fumio Kishida to the Prime Minister post on November 10, the Kyodo news reported.


In Japan, a Prime Minister is elected by the members of Parliament, and not by national election. The lower house takes precedence over the upper one and it determines the new head of government.

Earlier, Fumio Kishida was formally chosen by the Japanese Parliament in late September as the new PM announced that he dissolved the new cabinet and started new parliamentary elections. On October 4, the entire Japanese government resigned. 

The 64-year-old Kishida previously served as the foreign minister and his cabinet mostly consists of affiliated with the ex-Prime Minister Shinzo Abe politicians. The new Prime Minister said that he will mainly focus on COVID-19 pandemic. Kishida has already presented a project which consists of investing dozens of trillions of yen into health and economic measures. He also intends to fight the national birthrate decline.

The Premier Minister is also concentrating on the military issues as he plans to increase spending on the Japanese army while neighboring China relaunches its rhetoric of taking over Taiwan.