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Japan election

Kishida juggles LDP politics to pick leadership ahead of election

Japan's next PM reaches beyond faction lines to unite embattled ruling party

Fumio Kishida, the new president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is now turning his sights to the lower house election happening sometime this fall.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Fumio Kishida, the new president of the Liberal Democratic Party, chose a leadership team for the LDP on Thursday that includes his popular former rivals Sanae Takaichi and Taro Kono as Japan's ruling party shifts gears to the upcoming lower house election.

Kishida is set to be elected Japan's 100th prime minister in an extraordinary parliamentary session on Monday. But while the picks for executive posts largely align with his campaign promise to put more women and junior figures in charge, they also shed light on the influence that the LDP's internal politics wield over the new leader.

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