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Fumio Kishida named Japan's 101st prime minister after general election

Fumio Kishida, standing at left, bows after he was elected Japan's 101st prime minister during a House of Representatives plenary session on Nov. 10, 2021. (Mainichi/Kan Takeuchi)

TOKYO -- Fumio Kishida, president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), was named the 101st prime minister of Japan following voting at plenary sessions of both houses of the Diet on Nov. 10.

    The voting was held during a special session of the Diet convened the same day. Kishida was earlier elected the 100th prime minister of Japan following the ruling party's presidential election on Sept. 29, but was voted prime minister again on Nov. 10 after the ruling LDP and its junior coalition partner Komeito won the majority of seats in the House of Representatives election on Oct. 31. He will immediately assemble and launch the second Kishida Cabinet.

    Kishida was first elected to the House of Representatives from the former Hiroshima No. 1 constituency in 1993, and is currently in his 10th term. He served as foreign minister from 2012 to 2017 under the Cabinet of then Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and briefly doubled as defense minister in 2017. Within the LDP, Kishida previously chaired the Policy Research Council and the Diet Affairs Committee, among other roles.


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