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Shinzo Abe’s death gives Fumio Kishida a chance to make his mark

By Kana Inagaki and Kathrin Hille

12 Jul 2022 · 4 min read

A new Cabinet in Japan's parliament will mean policy shifts. In terms of global politics, spending on defence and relations with Taiwan will factor in buffering China's military ambitions.

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Assassination of former Japanese prime minister creates a political void the incumbent could fill

Bidding farewell to Shinzo Abe at a temple in Tokyo, prime minister Fumio Kishida vowed to take on the mission of a leader who raised Japan’s international standing and shaped its policy for the past decade. But the assassination of the country’s longest-serving prime minister has left a profound void in the governing Liberal Democratic party — and created an extraordinary opportunity for Kishida to stamp his own mark on Japanese politics. Abe’s death leaves leaderless his 94-member LDP faction, the largest in the party, while Kishida’s political base has been strengthened by a landslide victory in Sunday’s elections to the upper house of parliament.

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