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Fumio Kishida unlikely to break with Shinzo Abe's legacy

New Japan leader has demonstrated that he is by no means an ideologue

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Fumio Kishida gestures after he is elected as ruling Liberal Democratic Party president on Sept. 29: he will depend heavily on the conservatives to govern.   © Kyodo

Tobias Harris is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, an independent, nonpartisan policy institute. He is the author of "The Iconoclast: Shinzo Abe and the New Japan."

After Fumio Kishida finished a distant second in the race to succeed Shinzo Abe as leader of the Liberal Democratic Party in September 2020, Makoto Koga, the outgoing honorary chairman of the moderate Kochi-kai faction, had some harsh words for his protege.

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