September 30, 2021, 02.59 PM
A file photo of Fumio Kishida (right), then Japan's Foreign Minister, and Joko Widodo (left), then Jakarta's Governor during a meeting at the City Hall dated Tuesday, August 12, 2014. Kishida will become Japan's 100th prime minister as he is elected as the new leader of the country's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Wednesday, September 29. Parliament will elect him as the nation's prime minister on October 4. Alsadad RudiA file photo of Fumio Kishida (right), then Japan's Foreign Minister, and Joko Widodo (left), then Jakarta's Governor during a meeting at the City Hall dated Tuesday, August 12, 2014. Kishida will become Japan's 100th prime minister as he is elected as the new leader of the country's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Wednesday, September 29. Parliament will elect him as the nation's prime minister on October 4.

In a bid to fulfill environmental pledges and ensure climate neutrality by 2050, Kishida calls for a “realistic assessment” for restarting and building new nuclear reactors.

LDP’s ‘dovish wing’

Between 2013 and 2017, Kishida served as foreign minister and, for a time, defense minister.

The faction he leads is considered the “dovish wing” of the LDP, advocating for the nation's pacifist constitution and against the nuclear arming of Japan.

Kishida himself is from Hiroshima and several members of his family died when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city in 1945. In one of his books, he advocates for a world without nuclear weapons.

But China’s assertive foreign policy, in Kishida’s own words, has set off a “strong alarm,” prompting Tokyo to ally with like-minded countries like the US, Australia, and India to counter Beijing's growing political, military, and economic clout.

Still, Kishida’s focus would not only be on Japan’s military capability — even though he wants to expand the nation's missile defenses — but also on economic security, with an emphasis on securing supply chains for strategically important components such as semiconductors.

Reported by Martin Fritz from Tokyo.

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