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4 Oct 2021
Fumio Kishida Officially Elected as Japan's 100th Prime Minister
The Index Today
Japan’s parliament was officially elected Fumio Kishida as Japan's 100th prime minister on Monday after winning a majority of votes in both houses of the parliament. He’ll be facing an economy beaten up by the pandemic, security threats from China and North Korea and leadership of a political party whose popularity is sagging ahead of a fast-approaching crucial national election.
With his party and its coalition partner holding a majority in both houses, Kishida won by a comfortable margin against Yukio Edano, head of the largest opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan. Kishida and his new Cabinet will be sworn in at a palace ceremony later in the day.
He replaces Yoshihide Suga, who resigned after only one year in office as his support plunged over his government’s handling of the pandemic and insistence on holding the Tokyo Olympics as the virus spread.