Fumio Kishida (Japanese: 岸田 文雄; born July 29, 1957) is the 100th Prime Minister of Japan and the 27th President of the Liberal Democratic Party. He has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman Jeongjo of the Liberal Democratic Party, and served as Special Minister for Cabinet Affairs (Responsible for Okinawa and Northern Policy, Regulatory Reform, People's Livelihood, Registrar, Science and Technology Policy) in Yasuo Fukuda Cabinet. His constituency is the 1st ward of Hiroshima Prefecture.
He came from a political family in Minami-ku, Hiroshima City. His father was Fumitake Kishida, a member of the House of Representatives and Minister of the Small and Medium Business Administration of Japan. His grandfather was Masaki Kishida, a former member of the House of Representatives. He is a member of the House of Councilors, former Minister of Economy and Industry, and Miyazawa Yoichi, a cousin of Gojong, while former Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa is Yoichi's uncle and distantly related to Kishida.
He majored in law at Waseda University and worked for a Japanese long-term credit bank after graduating in 1982.
As Deputy Minister of the House of Representatives, Kishida was first elected in July 1993. He served seven times in the House of Representatives, and represented the Hiroshima First Party and the First Koizumi Cabinet (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology).
He was chairman of the Liberal Democrats' Parliamentary Situation Committee until September 2012. In the Liberal Democrats, he is close to retired veteran Makoto Koga. In October of that year, Kishida assumed control of the Koga faction.
He was appointed chairman of the headquarters for the revitalization of Japan's economic power in the Liberal Democratic Party. Like Shinzo Abe and most of his cabinet members, Kishida is a member of the Japanese parliamentary organization.
Kishida was Minister of Okinawa Development Agency from 2007 to 2008, first in the 1st Abe Shinzo Reform Cabinet and later in the Fukuda Yasuo Cabinet.
In 2008, he was appointed as the Minister of Special Affairs of the Fukuda Cabinet in charge of consumer affairs and food safety at the time. He was also the Minister for Science and Technology in the Fukuda Cabinet.
On December 26, 2012, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in the 2nd Shinzo Abe Cabinet and served until 2017. However, as public opinion on Prime Minister Abe deteriorated in relation to the medical university scandal involving Prime Minister Abe, the need for a reshuffle was raised. At this time, he revealed to Abe his intention to return to the party, and he assumed the position of Chairman Jeongjo, who is the head of the National Assembly's negotiation group policy committee in the Liberal Democratic Party.
Candidate for Prime Minister
According to the Yomiuri Shimbun in June 2020, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's approval rating has fallen in recent years, and Abe's rival Shigeru Ishiba in the LDP has grown in popularity. According to the survey, with the exception of Prime Minister Abe, Shigeru Ishiba ranked first, Shinjiro Koizumi in second place, Taro Kono in third, and Fumio Kishida in fourth. Among Abe's closest aides, Fumio Kishida is the most popular, and Toshihiro Nikai and Fumio Kishida compete for first or second place as Prime Minister Abe's successor. In the 2020 Prime Minister's Competition, after losing to Yoshihide Suga, he was unable to stand in the Suga Cabinet, but the LDP defeated Taro Kono, who was expected to win the first place in the LDP's election on September 29, 2021, when he was scheduled to be appointed Prime Minister of Japan in October 2021. elected as governor Candidate Kono, who was considered a reformist, received the highest public opinion in Japan with the support of young people, but Kishida is estimated to have been elected as party president by factions and members of the LDP who favored the more conservative candidate.
Past Election Results
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