Japanese Prime Minister says he may act as Foreign Minister until a new cabinet is formed

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida spoke at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) held in Glasgow, Scotland on November 2, 2021. (Pool via Adrian Dennis / Reuters)

Tokyo-Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Thursday that the incumbent foreign minister could take over the post of a major ruling party and could play the role of foreign minister until a new cabinet is formed this month.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) officially confirmed on Thursday that Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Mogi was the party’s secretary-general, the party’s second post, and played a powerful role, including policymaking.

Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters, “I am thinking of serving as Foreign Minister until the new cabinet.”

Fumio Kishida led the Liberal Democratic Party to more than expected election results on Sunday, and the party maintained an overwhelming majority in the House of Representatives.

Mr. Mogi said he pledged to push forward with policy, focusing on issues such as the pandemic economic recovery and party reforms to increase diversity.

“It’s very important to show that the LDP is changing so that we can do what we can quickly while giving the big picture,” Mogi said.

The ruling party said it would discuss the details of the additional budget with the juniors of the coalition to take “rich and fulfilling” economic measures.

A special session will be held in the Diet on November 10 to confirm Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. He is expected to name the new cabinet, which is likely to remain largely unchanged except for the post of Foreign Minister shortly thereafter.