Fumio Kishida

Prime Minister of Japan since 2021

Fumio Kishida (岸田 文雄, Kishida Fumio, born 29 July 1957) is a Japanese politician. Kishida is the Prime Minister of Japan since 4 October 2021. In September 2021, he was elected President of the conservative Liberal Democratic Party. He was Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan from 2012 to 2017 during the Shinzo Abe government.[1] Kishida was elected to the House of Representatives in 1993.

Fumio Kishida
岸田 文雄
Official portrait, 2021
Prime Minister of Japan
Assumed office
4 October 2021
Preceded byYoshihide Suga
President of the Liberal Democratic Party
Assumed office
29 September 2021
Vice PresidentTarō Asō
Secretary-GeneralAkira Amari
Toshimitsu Motegi
Preceded byYoshihide Suga
Minister for Foreign Affairs
4 November 2021 – 10 November 2021
Prime MinisterHimself
Preceded byToshimitsu Motegi
Succeeded byYoshimasa Hayashi
In office
26 December 2012 – 3 August 2017
Prime MinisterShinzō Abe
Preceded byKōichirō Genba
Succeeded byTarō Kōno
Minister of Defense
In office
28 July 2017 – 3 August 2017
Prime MinisterShinzō Abe
Preceded byTomomi Inada
Succeeded byItsunori Onodera
Junior ministerial offices
Minister of State for Okinawa and the Northern Territories
In office
27 August 2007 – 1 August 2008
Prime MinisterShinzō Abe
Yasuo Fukuda
Preceded bySanae Takaichi
Succeeded byMotoo Hayashi
Minister of State for Space
In office
6 February 2008 – 1 August 2008
Prime MinisterYasuo Fukuda
Preceded by Office created
Succeeded bySeiko Noda
Minister of State for Consumers
In office
18 June 2008 – 1 August 2008
Prime MinisterYasuo Fukuda
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded bySeiko Noda
Minister of State for Regulatory Reform
In office
27 August 2007 – 1 August 2008
Prime MinisterShinzō Abe
Yasuo Fukuda
Preceded byYoshimi Watanabe
Succeeded byKaoru Yosano
Minister of State for Science, Technology and Quality of Life
In office
27 August 2007 – 1 August 2008
Prime MinisterShinzō Abe
Yasuo Fukuda
Preceded byOffice created
Succeeded bySeiko Noda
Member of the House of Representatives
from Hiroshima
Assumed office
20 October 1996
Preceded byConstituency established
Constituency1st district
Majority117,800 (71.1%)
In office
18 July 1993 – September 27, 1996
ConstituencyFormer 1st district
(Elect Four)
Personal details
岸田文雄 (Kishida Fumio)

(1957-07-29) 29 July 1957 (age 66)
Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic
Yuko Kishida (m. 1988)
EducationKaisei Academy
Alma materWaseda University (LLB)

Early life change

Kishida was born in Shibuya, Tokyo on 29 July 1957.[2][3][4] He spent his early years in New York City.[5]

Kishida studied law at Waseda University and graduated in 1982.[6]

Political career change

He is a member of the House of Representatives for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) since 1993. He served in Yasuo Fukuda's cabinet as minister of state for Okinawa and northern territories affairs, science and technology policy, quality-of-life policy, and regulatory Reform. He became the longest-serving foreign minister in postwar history, unseating Abe's father Shintaro Abe.[7] In 2017, for a short time he was the Minister of Defense.

Leadership campaigns change

Kishida thought about running in the 2018 LDP presidential election; but Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talked him into not to run and promised to support him as his replacement in the future.[8] He ran in the 2020 LDP presidential election; however lost to Yoshihide Suga who was very popular among LDP politicians.[9]

Prime Minister change

In August 2020, he announced his candidacy for the Liberal Democratic leadership election to replace Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.[10] He lost the election on 14 September to Yoshihide Suga, coming in second place. In August 2021, he announced his candidacy for the Liberal Democratic leadership again in the 2021 election. He won the leadership election on 29 September 2021.[11]

Kishida officially became the 100th Prime Minister on 4 October 2021 after being elected by the National Diet. He set the date of the 2021 election for 31 October shortly before taking office.[12] During the general election, the Liberal Democratic party lost fifteen seats in the House of Representatives; however still won the majority of seats.[13][14]

On 15 April 2023, a man threw an explosive device at Kishida during a campaign event in Wakayama. The device exploded after a short delay during which Kishida was removed from the scene unharmed.[15] The event took place nine months after former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated.[16][17]

Personal life change

Kishida is married to Yuko Kishida and has two children.[18] [19]

References change

  1. "Profile: Foreign Minister Kishida boasts background in Okinawa affairs". House of Japan. 27 December 2012. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  2. Akimoto, Daisuke (7 September 2021). "The Arrival of Kishida Diplomacy?". The Diplomat. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  3. "Fumio Kishida". Kante'. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
  4. "Profiles". The Japan Times. Retrieved 3 January 2013.
  5. "Japan's Next Prime Minister: Who Are the Candidates to Succeed Yoshihide Suga?". Wall Street Journal. 2021-09-03. Retrieved 2021-09-28.
  6. Reynolds, Isabel (2017-07-20). "Abe's Low-Key Foreign Minister Watched as Potential Rival". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  7. Bosack, Michael (2018-07-09). "Will Kishida Challenge Abe's Leadership?". Tokyo Review. Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  8. "Doubts grow in LDP over Fumio Kishida's ability to succeed Abe". The Japan Times. 2020-07-20. Archived from the original on 2020-08-29. Retrieved 2020-08-29.
  9. Bosack, Michael MacArthur (2020-09-16). "Breaking down Suga's picks for his first Cabinet". The Japan Times. Archived from the original on 2020-09-18. Retrieved 2020-09-16.
  10. "Suga front-runner in Japan's LDP race as grassroots members excluded from vote". Mainichi Daily News. 1 September 2020. Archived from the original on 1 September 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  11. "Fumio Kishida to Become Japan's Next Prime Minister After Party Election Win". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  12. Lies, Elaine (3 October 2021). "In surprise move, new Japan PM to call Oct 31 election - NHK". Reuters.
  13. 【選挙ライブ】2021衆議院選挙 開票速報ーー政党・注目候補の動きライブで (in Japanese), retrieved 2021-10-31
  14. "Japan's Ruling Coalition Poised to Keep Power Despite Losses". Bloomberg.com. 2021-10-31. Retrieved 2021-10-31.
  15. "Japan PM Kishida unhurt after explosion during campaigning". Kyodo News+. Retrieved 2023-04-15.
  16. Jozuka, Emi; Ogura, Junko (2023-04-15). "Man arrested after explosion prompts evacuation of Japanese leader Fumio Kishida from speech venue". CNN. Retrieved 2023-04-15.
  17. "Man charged over attempt to assassinate Japanese prime minister". The Independent. 2023-09-06. Retrieved 2023-09-08.
  18. "Japan PM hopeful Kishida slammed over 'wife maid' Twitter photo, as Suga makes bid". SCMP. 2 September 2020. Retrieved 30 September 2021.
  19. "JAPAN'S NEW PRIME MINISTER FUMIO KISHIDA: HIS WIFE, A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN, AND HER CHILDREN ARE VERY GOOD". Huaglad. October 2021. Archived from the original on 4 October 2021. Retrieved 4 October 2021.

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