Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida indicated on July 4 that he was eager to run for the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in the future.
Kishida was addressing a symposium to mark the 60th anniversary of his "Kochikai" faction when he said, "When thinking about assuming the reins of government in the future, it's important to focus on such things as perseverance and humility." He also contrasted his own political approach with that of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, now under fire for his intolerant, dismissive attitude to criticism and his lack of explanations for recent favoritism scandals.
Asked by neuroscientist Kenichiro Mogi what he would emphasize the most if he were to assume the premiership, Kishida said, "The key to winning the public's trust is to use one's power with humility."
Kishida appeared to have former Prime Minister Hayato Ikeda, who founded the Kochikai faction, in mind when making the comment, as Ikeda's motto was "tolerance and perseverance."