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Tracking the rise of Fumio Kishida, Japan's new prime minister

He will be Japan's third PM in just over a year, replacing the deeply unpopular Yoshihide Suga, whose fortunes began to fall after he followed Shinzo Abe into the PM's office last September

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Craig Mark | The Conversation 



Fumio Kishida
In a surprise result, Kishida, a former foreign minister, narrowly beat his main rival, Taro Kono, the popular vaccine minister, 256–255 in the first round of voting by party members. Photo: Bloomberg

Fumiko Kishida will become the next prime minister of after winning a dramatic runoff in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leadership vote today.

He will be Japan’s third prime minister in just over a year, replacing the deeply unpopular Yoshihide Suga, whose fortunes began to fall after he followed into the prime minister’s office last September.

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First Published: Thu, September 30 2021. 10:41 IST

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