Video Duration 24 minutes 50 seconds
From: Inside Story

Can Fumio Kishida overcome Japan’s challenges?

Japan’s former foreign minister is leading ruling Liberal Democratic party and is set to become prime minister.

Fumio Kishida was picked by veteran party members and criticised for being old school.

Now, the former foreign minister is leading Japan’s governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and is set to become prime minister.

Kishida was seen as a safe choice for the LDP for the general elections scheduled to take place in November.

He was challenged with leading the party to victory after its popularity declined.

Kishida has pledged to counter China’s growing influence and promised to narrow Japan’s income inequality gap.

But will he succeed?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan


Donna Weeks – Professor of political science at Musashino University

Seijiro Takeshita – Professor of management at University of Shizuoka

Craig Mark – Professor of international studies at Kyoritsu Women’s University