U.S. To Seek Close Ties With Next Japanese PM Amid China Rivalry

U.S. To Seek Close Ties With Next Japanese PM Amid China Rivalry

Andrew H. Sweet

The Biden administration will also likely be closely watching whether the 64-year-old Kishida, who won the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's presidential election Wednesday, can solidify his grip on power and avoid Japan returning to an era of so-called revolving-door leadership.

Kishida will succeed Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, stepping down just after one year in office amid criticism over his government's coronavirus response. His predecessor Shinzo Abe, who served for nearly eight years, expanded Japan's role in regional security, a move that the United States welcomed.

Also, Kishida will be elected prime minister in an extraordinary Diet session starting Monday as the LDP and its junior coalition ally hold a majority in both chambers of parliament.

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