Fumio Kishida is set to be sworn in as Japan's new prime minister today.
The former top diplomat secured 2-hundred-57 votes to win the race for the Liberal Democratic Party leadership after a close runoff with Taro Kono, who gained popularity as the vaccine minister.
The first test of Kishida's leadership will be in November when Japan is slated to have a general election.
The LDP hardly ever loses elections, but factional support that decides the leadership frequently switches from one leader to another.
Kishida and his cabinet are expected to distribute positions among factions to maintain a balance.
And, in an attempt to strike a chord with younger legislators, he has pledged to reduce the term length of LDP executives to three years.
While serving as foreign minister he negotiated accords with South Korea and Russia.
Unlike his predecessor, Kishida remains cautious and traditional when it comes to controversial topics, with a steadfast anti-nuclear stance.