Fumio Kishida Becomes Japan’s New Prime Minister

Fumio Kishida has formally taken office on Oct. 4 as Japan’s new prime minister.

Kishida has officially been confirmed as Japan’s 100th prime minister, succeeding Yoshihide Suga who resigned after just one year in office after losing public support due to his term’s poor response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kishida, 64, was elected leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party last week.

Kishida faces the task of leading the world’s third largest economy out of the pandemic, as well as facing the country’s rapidly aging population and increasing tensions with China.

According to reports, Kishida has decided to dissolve the lower house later this month to hold general elections on Oct. 31.

“I think it will be a new start in its true sense. I want to take on challenges with a strong will and firm resolve to face the future,” Kishida said, according to BBC News.

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