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TOKYO: Foreign Minister MOTEGI Toshimitsu said he supports KISHIDA Fumio in the upcoming presidential election of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
On Sept. 28, Motegi said the majority of the faction members of the group he belongs to within the LDP opted for Kishida although they were given free choice.
“We would like to deal with this presidential election as a group, as collectively as possible, respecting individual positions and ideas within the group,” Motegi said.
The Takeshita faction is the LDP’s third largest with 52 members including Foreign Minister Motegi. The group opted not to field a candidate for the party’s Sept. 29 leadership election.
As LDP holds 275 of the 465 total seats in the House of Representatives of the Parliament, the new president of the party will become Japan’s prime minister.
According to Motegi, they “exchanged views and had individual interviews. As a result, most of them wanted to support Kishida.”
Motegi shared that in order for the LDP and the ruling party to respond to important issues on the regional and international levels, specifically the COVID-19 pandemic, they must unite and in Motegi’s personally opinion “Kishida should be the one to establish a system to expand the LDP’s wings and promote young people.”
“Looking ahead at the upcoming House of Representatives election, next year’s ordinary Diet session, and even next summer’s House of Councillors election, how we can create a stable government? We will support Kishida from this perspective as well.”
The election for the new LDP president will take place on Sept. 29. The 4 contenders are Kishida, 64, former chairman of the LDP’s Policy Research Council, TAKAICHI Sanae, 60, former Internal Affairs minister, Regulatory Reform minister KONO Taro, 58, and LDP Executive Acting Secretary-General NODA Seiko, 61.