Fumio Kishida has taken over as Japan’s new Prime Minister on Monday, October 4.
Kishida, 64, who was elected leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) last week, was officially confirmed as the country’s 100th Prime Minister following a parliamentary vote .
A moderate liberal, Kishida inherits a Japan that has suffered surging Covid-19 infections, a stagnating economy, a rapidly aging population and increasing tensions with China.
Kishida served as the country’s foreign minister from 2012 to 2017 under Abe, Japan’s longest-serving Prime Minister.
He succeeds outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who announced earlier this month he would not run in his party’s leadership election
Kishida’s new Cabinet is made up of 20 members, 13 have no previous Cabinet experience, while three are women and the average age is 61.