December 6, 2022

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida, strengthened by the election victory, laid down broad policy plans

TOKYO, Nov. 1 (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday signaled that he would pursue security policies aimed at preventing China, tackling climate change and recovering from the disease.

Kishida’s Conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) won its simple majority in Sunday’s election in defiance of predictions, securing his position as leader of the split party and giving him an independent hand in parliament, including recovering from the corona virus epidemic. Budget – Take precedence.

Kishida, who will only be in power for a month, was feared by some to be one of Japan’s short-lived prime ministers, but the election results – which raised shares soberly – would allow him to make his own mark on policy. Upper House election next summer.

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“We will expedite the implementation of policies to respond to the voices of the people we have received across the country who strongly want political stability and policy enforcement,” the Prime Minister told a news conference on Monday.

Chief among them is the recovery from the epidemic, with Kishida promising to work on an extra budget by the end of this year, restarting the travel subsidy program to revive domestic tourism and compiling a “large-scale” stimulus package in the middle. November.

But he focused on security in order to endorse the worst comments of the LDF supporters who supported him in the presidential election, the pursuit of which could turn out to be a ploy in view of the electoral gains of the worst junior ally, Cometo.

The LDP on its party platform includes an unprecedented pledge to double defense spending to 2% of GDP.

“When we think about protecting people’s lives and livelihoods, the budget should not come first,” Kishida said.

“We need to think about what that decision really needs. I want to continue this discussion carefully so I can gain an understanding of Komodo.”

Diplomacy, clean energy

Kishida said Japan should consider the ability to attack enemy bases as an option to counter the growing security technology in other countries.

“If there is an organization to protect people’s lives and livelihoods in the midst of a changing international environment and advancing technologies, it is important to carry out ongoing checks,” he said.

Speaking of “personal diplomacy” during the campaign, the prime minister did not waste time announcing that he would make a face-to-face introduction at an international conference in Glasgow and the COP26 climate summit on Tuesday.

He said his incentive package would include investment in clean energy and funding for Asia, adding that he hoped Japan would play a leading role in zero emissions in Asia.

Japan has set a 2050 goal to become carbon-neutral, and Kishida believes that – in the face of considerable public opposition – that nuclear power should be an option.

Preliminary polls on Sunday suggested that the Conservative Party should rely on its junior coalition partner, Komito, to retain a majority in the LDF, but has been in power for a few years since its founding in 1955. Own 261 seats.

The party has had some notable victories, including the defeat of LDP general secretary Akira Amari. Despite media reports that Amari will resign, Kishida said the two would decide her future after “thorough discussions”.

Voters made their progressive decisions.

“It’s the same as I expected, but I thought they would have a little more impact from dealing with the corona virus infection,” said Satoshi Sujimoto, 53, an office worker. He did not vote for the LDP.

Additional report by Sakura Murakami, Ricago Maruyama and Kohei Miyazaki; Written by Elaine Lies; Editing Lincoln Feast and Raju Gopalakrishnan

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