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Kishida's foreign minister pick rankles kingmakers Abe and Aso

With new election mandate, prime minister overcomes opposition to China hand Hayashi

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida faces balancing acts both within his party and in relations with China. (Photo by Kento Awashima)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's choice of China hand Yoshimasa Hayashi as his new foreign minister faced opposition from the ruling party's two most influential figures, former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and former Finance Minister Taro Aso, Nikkei has learned.

But fresh off a victory in the general election, Kishida pressed on anyway, channeling a new power dynamic within the Liberal Democratic Party.

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