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Japan's Foreign Policy Under Kishida's Cabinet: Analysis Updated: 2021-10-05 17:09:44 KST

On Monday, Japan’s parliament elected Fumio Kishida as the country’s new prime minister and first thing Tuesday morning, Japan's new Prime Minister held his first phone talks with U.S. President Joe Biden as the leader of Japan.
Fumio Kishida said he and his American counterpart confirmed they will work to strengthen their alliance and cooperate in regional security in the face of growing challenges from China and North Korea.
Japan under ex-diplomat Kishida: let's talk about it with Professor Kazuto Suzuki of the Tokyo University.

First let's talk about his Cabinet composition. What does his Cabinet picks tell us about Kishida's Japan going forward?

As clearly reflected in Kishida's phone talks with Biden, he says he supports stronger U.S., Japan security ties and partnerships with other like-minded democracies in Asia, Europe and UK, in part to counter China and nuclear-armed North Korea.
Kishida has also pledged to beef up Japan's missile and naval defense capabilities.
Now, we don't expect too much of a change in Washington, Tokyo ties under Kishida, do we? It would be more or less a carry over of Abe's foreign policy?

Kishida's pledge to beef up Japan's missile and naval defense capabilities. Is this something neighboring countries should be worried about?

What about in terms of South Korea, Japan relations? Mr. Kishida was the very signatory of the 2015 Seoul, Tokyo "Comfort Women" Agreement. President Moon sent a congratulatory letter calling for improvement in ties between the two countries. Will Kishida's new Cabinet be any different in its approach to South Korea than that of Suga's or Abe's?

Kazuto Suzuki, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Tokyo for us tonight. Thank you.
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