Next Japan PM Kishida to create new ministerial post for economic security
Written by tokyoclub on October 2, 2021
Prospective Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida plans to create a new ministerial post for economic security in a veiled counter to alleged technology theft by China, sources familiar with the matter said Saturday.
Kishida, who will launch his Cabinet after being elected prime minister at the start of an extraordinary Diet session Monday, is also considering appointing a prime ministerial advisor on the issue, the sources said.
Fumio Kishida, the new leader of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, walks to leave the party headquarters in Tokyo on the evening of Oct. 2, 2021. (Kyodo)
It was not immediately known who will take up the post, but the new minister is expected to craft a national strategy designed to block a technology drain from the country.
Kishida plans to offer ministerial posts to education minister Koichi Hagiuda and Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa, both senior lawmakers of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, in a new Cabinet, according to political sources.
Kishida, who is on course to take up the premiership after winning the LDP presidential election Wednesday, also plans to retain transport minister Kazuyoshi Akaba, a lawmaker belonging to Komeito, the LDP’s junior coalition partner, the sources said.
Separately, Kishida is considering giving ministerial posts to five LDP lawmakers — Satoshi Ninoyu, Kozaburo Nishime, Shinsuke Suematsu, Yasushi Kaneko and Shigeyuki Goto.
Speaking to reporters after meeting Saturday with Hirokazu Matsuno, a former education minister who Kishida has decided to name his chief Cabinet secretary, and other aides at the LDP headquarters, the new leader said he plans to finalize the Cabinet lineup on Sunday.
The new LDP chief is also set to name Shunichi Suzuki, a former environment minister, as finance minister and retain Toshimitsu Motegi as foreign minister.
Kishida plans to name Daishiro Yamagiwa, a former deputy trade minister, as either economic and fiscal policy minister or minister of economy, trade and industry, as well.
Earlier Saturday, Komeito leader Natsuo Yamaguchi demanded that Kishida dissolve the House of Representatives at the end of the Diet session on Oct. 14.
Yamaguchi’s call, made during a visit to Hokkaido, coincides with speculation by people close to Kishida that he is likely to dissolve the lower house on Oct. 14 for a general election either on Nov. 7 or 14.
With the current four-year terms of lower house members set to expire Oct. 21, Kishida has the option of either dissolving the chamber or letting them serve out their tenure before holding the general election.