Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is to take on the role of foreign minister on a temporary basis. Photo: Reuters
Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is to take on the role of foreign minister on a temporary basis. Photo: Reuters

Japanese PM Fumio Kishida takes foreign minister role amid questions over ‘pro-China’ Yoshimasa Hayashi

  • Surprise announcement comes after Toshimitsu Motegi was moved to role of secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, but Kishida’s time as foreign minister will be only brief
  • Yoshimasa Hayashi had been seen as favourite to take over the foreign brief, but is unpopular with conservatives for his stance on Beijing. Even so, some describe Hayashi as ‘a Washington hand’ and he may yet be given a chance

Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is to take on the role of foreign minister on a temporary basis. Photo: Reuters
Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is to take on the role of foreign minister on a temporary basis. Photo: Reuters
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