Sunday, October 24, 2021

Japan’s new prime minister vows to strengthen economy, threatens to counter security from China

Japan’s parliament on Monday elected former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida as Japan’s 100th prime minister after securing a majority in both houses.

The 64-year-old politician replaces outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is stepping down after serving only one year. Kishida will become the new leader of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan.

Kishida said on Monday during his first press conference since taking office that he would dissolve the lower house next week in preparation for the October 31 elections as he fights the CCP (Communist Party of China)’s handling of the virus pandemic. Want a fresh mandate, which is a weak economy. , and security threats from China and North Korea.

The newly elected official said he plans to create a new ministerial post for economic security aimed at protecting sensitive technology that is allegedly being stolen by neighboring communist regimes, China and North Korea. The name of the new minister who is ready to fill the post has not been decided yet.

News agency Reuters reported that the post was filled with a close aide of LDP general secretary Akira Amari. Amari was the architect of policies aimed at protecting sensitive technology from China in areas such as supply chain and cyber security, while he served as Minister of Economy.

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Then Japanese Economy Minister Akira Amari gestures during a session of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting on January 23, 2016. (Fabrice Cofrini/AFP via Getty Images)

Kishida also promised to move forward with a massive recovery package to support those affected by the CCP virus pandemic.

“COVID-19 measures are urgent and top priority, and I will handle the problem taking into account the worst-case scenario,” Kishida said, explaining that he would review his handling of the past virus and plan to set up a crisis management unit. Will try

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“In order to take COVID-19 measures on a large scale, I need to get the mandate of the people,” he said.

Kishida supports strong Japan-US security ties and partnerships with other like-minded democracies in Asia, Europe and the UK to counter China and nuclear-armed North Korea. He pledged to strengthen Japan’s missile and naval defense capability.

He acknowledged the importance of continuing talks with China, an important neighbor and trade partner, but said “we must speak up” against China’s attempt to change the status quo in the East and South China Seas.

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Newly elected Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (c) poses with his cabinet members at the Prime Minister’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan on October 04, 2021. (David Mareul/Pool/Getty Images)

Secretary of State Anthony Blinken congratulated Kishida on his election victory, saying he was grateful for the friendship between the United States and Japan and would remain committed to “advance the shared priorities of our two countries.”

Blinken said in a statement, “Our partnership demonstrates that when free and democratic nations work together we can address global threats such as COVID-19 and the climate crisis—while maintaining a free and open rules-based international order.” defend and strengthen.”

Kishida also said he was ready to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un without any preconditions to resolve the issue of Japanese nationals abducted in the North decades ago. He said he would cooperate with President Joe Biden in resolving North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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