Japan’s new prime minister vows to strengthen its economy and counter security threats from China

The Japanese parliament was elected 100th prime minister on Monday after former foreign minister Fumio Kishida won a majority of votes in both houses.

The 64-year-old politician will replace Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who will resign after a term of just one year. Kishida will be the new leader of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

At his first press conference since taking office, Prime Minister Kishida said he would dissolve the House of Representatives in preparation for next week’s elections as he seeks a new mission to deal with the slumping Chinese Communist Party pandemic. , And security threats from China and North Korea.

Newly elected officials plan to create a new ministerial position for economic security aimed at protecting confidential technology allegedly stolen by neighboring Communist Party administrations China and North Korea. He said he was doing it. The new minister set up to fill the post has not yet been nominated.

News agency Reuters reported that the posts were filled with a close alliance with LDP Secretary-General Akira Amari. During his time as Minister of Economy, Amari was a policy designer aimed at protecting sensitive technologies from China in areas such as the supply chain and cybersecurity.

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After that, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Akira Amari will make a gesture at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum held on January 23, 2016. (FabriceCoffrini / AFP via Getty Images)

Kishida also promised to promote a large recovery package to help those affected by the CCP virus pandemic.

“COVID-19 countermeasures are an urgent and top priority, and we will address the problem by considering the worst scenario,” Kishida explained, aiming to review past virus processing and establish a crisis management department.

“In order to take large-scale COVID-19 measures, we need to get people’s mission,” he said.

Mr. Kishida is supporting the strengthening of security relations between Japan and the United States and partnerships with other like-minded democracies in Asia, Europe and the United Kingdom to counter China and nuclear-armed North Korea. .. He promised to strengthen the defense capabilities of Japanese missiles and the Navy.

He acknowledged the importance of continuing dialogue with China, an important neighbor and trading partner, but “speak out” in response to China’s attempt to change the status quo in the East China Sea and South China Sea. Must be. “

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The newly elected Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (C) will pose with ministers at the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo on October 4, 2021. (David Mareuil / Pool / Getty Images)

Secretary of State Antony Blinken congratulated Mr. Kishida on his election victory, thanked the friendship between Japan and the United States, and said he would continue to commit to “advancing the common priorities of both countries.”

“Our partnership is the collaboration of free and democratic nations to defend and strengthen a free and open rule-based international order while addressing global threats such as COVID-19 and the climate crisis. It shows that we can do it, “Blinken said in a statement.

Kishida also said he was ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without the prerequisites to solve the problem of the Japanese abducted by North Korea decades ago. He said he would work with President Joe Biden to resolve the North Korean nuclear and missile threat.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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