2021 Liberal Democratic Party (Japan) leadership election

political party leadership elections in Japan


The 2021 Liberal Democratic Party leadership election was held on 29 September 2021 to elect the next President of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan. The winner of the election is expected to lead the party in the upcoming 2021 Japanese general election.[1] Current party President and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced on September 3 that he would not run for re-election.[2] Former Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida was elected party leader and will become Prime Minister on 4 October.[3]

2021 Liberal Democratic Party leadership election
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← 2020 29 September 2021[1] 2024 →
  Fumio Kishida 20211005.jpg Taro Kono 20200916.jpg
Candidate Fumio Kishida Taro Kono
Leader's seat Hiroshima-1st Kanagawa-15th
First round 256 (33.6%) 255 (33.4%)
Runoff 257 (60.2%) 170 (39.8%)

  Sanae Takaichi.jpg Seiko Noda 20171101.jpg
Candidate Sanae Takaichi Seiko Noda
Leader's seat Nara-2nd Gifu-1st
First round 114 (24.6%) 63 (8.2%)
Runoff Eliminated Eliminated

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2021 Liberal Democratic Party (Japan) Leadership election, round 1.svg
2021 Liberal Democratic Party (Japan) Leadership election round 1,2

President before election

Yoshihide Suga

Elected President

Fumio Kishida

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

Candidate(s) Notable positions Party faction(s) District(s) Announced Reference(s)
Fumio Kishida Member of the House of Representatives (since 1993)
Minister of Foreign Affairs (2012–2017)
Acting Defense Minister (2017)
Kōchikai Hiroshima 1st district 26 August [4]
Sanae Takaichi Member of the House of Representatives (since 2005)
Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications (2019–2020)
none Nara 2nd district 26 August [5]
Taro Kono Member of the House of Representatives (since 1996)
Chair of the National Public Safety Commission (2015–2016)
Minister for Foreign Affairs (2017–2019)
Minister of Defense (2019–2020)
Minister for Administrative Reform & Regulatory Reform (since 2020)
Shikōkai Kanagawa's 15th district 3 September [6]
Seiko Noda Member of the House of Representatives (since 1993)
Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications (2017–2018)
None Gifu 1st district 5 September [7]

WithdrawnEdit

Candidate(s) Notable positions Party faction(s) District(s) Announced Withdrew Reference(s)
Yoshihide Suga Prime Minister
(since 2020)
Member of the House of Representatives
(since 1996)
none Kanagawa 2nd district 17 July 3 September
(endorsed Kono)
[8][9]

ResultsEdit

Results[10][11]
Candidate 1st Round 2nd Round
Diet members Party members Total points Diet members Prefectural chapters Total points
Votes cast % Popular votes % Allocated votes % Total votes % Votes cast % Votes cast % Total votes %
Fumio Kishida 146 38.42 219,338 28.86 110 28.80 256 33.60 249 65.53 8 17.02 257 60.19
Taro Kono 86 22.63 335,046 44.08 169 44.24 255 33.46 131 34.47 39 82.98 170 39.81
Sanae Takaichi 114 30.00 147,764 19.44 74 19.37 188 24.67 Eliminated
Seiko Noda 34 8.95 57,927 7.62 29 7.59 63 8.27 Eliminated
Total 380 100 760,075 100 382 100 762 100 380 100 47 100 427 100

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "PM Suga, Kishida to vie for LDP leadership in Sept. 29 election". Kyodo News+. 26 August 2021. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  2. "'Suga decides not to run in LDP leadership race". NHK World-Japan. 3 September 2021. Retrieved 3 September 2021.
  3. "Fumio Kishida to Become Japan's Next Prime Minister After Party Election Win". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  4. Sugiyama, Satoshi (26 August 2021). "Fumio Kishida enters LDP leadership race as party sets voting plan". The Japan Times. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  5. Johnston, Eric (27 August 2021). "Off to the races: LDP presidential election campaign begins". The Japan Times. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  6. "【速報】河野行改相 総裁選出馬の意向固める". TBS.co.jp. 3 September 2021. Archived from the original on 3 September 2021. Retrieved 3 September 2021.
  7. "自民 野田聖子幹事長代行 総裁選立候補の意欲伝える". NKH.or. Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  8. "'No surprise': Suga indicates intention to run for another term as LDP leader". The Japan Times. 17 July 2021. Retrieved 29 August 2021.
  9. "Yoshihide Suga to step down as Japan's prime minister". BBC News. 2021-09-03. Retrieved 2021-09-04.
  10. "第27代自民党総裁に岸田文雄衆議院議員が決定" (in Japanese). The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  11. "党員投票開票結果" (PDF) (in Japanese). The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan. Retrieved 29 September 2021.