Japan’s New PM Is No Stranger To India

Japan’s Foreign and Vaccines Minister, the US-educated Kono Taro was the front-runner in that country’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party leadership race.

But it was a former foreign minister, Kishida Fumio, who sprung a surprise, won the LDP contest held in Tokyo on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 and will replace Suga Yoshihide as Japan’s prime minister next week.

Kishida, who served as Japan’s foreign minister from 2012 to 2017, visited India multiple times in that role and interacted with Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi both in New Delhi and in Tokyo, and with Dr Manmohan Singh, when the then prime minister, visited Japan in 2013.

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IMAGE: Kishida, who stepped down as foreign minister in 2017 to take a role in the Liberal Democratic Party — he was chairperson of the LDP’s Policy Research Council — called on Prime Minister Modi in Tokyo, October 29, 2018.

 

IMAGE: Modi with Kishida in New Delhi.
The then Japanese foreign minister also called on Modi when the prime minister visited Japan in September 2014.
Photograph: PTI Photo

 

IMAGE: Then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh greets Japan’s then foreign minister Kishida in Tokyo, May 29, 2013. Photograph: Reuters

 

Photograph curated by Manisha Kotian/Rediff.com
Feature Presentation: Aslam Hunani/Rediff.com


 

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