Fumio Kishida was picked by veteran party members and criticised for being old school.
Now, the former foreign minister is leading Japan’s ruling Liberal democratic party and is set to become prime minister.
Kishida was seen as a safe choice for the LDP as it faces general elections in November.
He’s challenged with leading the party to victory after its popularity declined.
And he’s got to win public support.
Kishida has pledged to counter China’s growing influence and promised to narrow Japan’s income inequality gap.
But will he succeed?
Presenter: Sami Zeidan
Donna Weeks, Professor of Political Science at Musashino University
Seijiro Takeshita, Professor of Management University of Shizuoka
Craig Mark, Professor of International Studies at Kyoritsu Women’s University