Japan's next PM Fumio Kishida is a 'safe choice'

Sky News Australia -- Oct 01
ANU Australia-Japan Research Centre Director Shiro Armstrong says Japan’s next prime minister, Fumio Kishida, is “seen as a consensus builder within the party”, which is why he was elected over the more popular candidates.

Japan’s ruling party has elected Fumio Kishida as its new leader, paving the way for him to become the country's next prime minister.

“I think we can expect continuity, no big changes, so, as I mentioned, he’s a safe choice, in fact, he was a foreign minister for a long time,” Mr Armstrong told Sky News Australia.

“He’s stable and with the Quad for example, we can expect continuity of course he’s strongly locked in but also on China, interestingly, he has been quite clear.

“He is expanding, defence expanding, a priority for him he’s made clear is managing that China relationship.”