It is known that former Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Yoshimasa Hayashi has been appointed as the successor of Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, who has moved to the position of secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan.
According to the Yomiuri Shimbun on the 6th, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced to the ruling party executives the day before that he would appoint Hayashi as the new foreign minister.
The official appointment will be made in line with the inauguration of the second Kishida cabinet on the 10th.
Prime Minister Kishida, who took office on the 4th of last month, is scheduled to launch a second cabinet after being re-appointed as prime minister at the special National Assembly convened on the 10th as the House of Representatives is newly formed by the general election on the 31st of last month.
In the second cabinet of Kishida, it is expected that the ministers of the first cabinet will remain as they are, except for the newly appointed foreign minister.
Hayashi is chairman of Kochikai, a faction within the LDP led by Prime Minister Kishida.
A native of Tokyo, he graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Tokyo and graduated from Harvard University in the United States.
His father is Yoshiro Hayashi, who served as Minister of Health and Welfare in the Nakasone Cabinet.
His son Hayashi served as Minister of Defense in Fukuda Cabinet in 2008, Economic Regeneration Policy Award in Aso Cabinet in 2009, and Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in the second Abe Cabinet that began in February 2012.
In March 2018, while he was the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Japanese government confirmed and announced the guidelines for high school education to teach that Dokdo is an indigenous territory of Japan.
He also ran for president of the Liberal Democratic Party in 2012, when the second Abe administration was born, and after resigning as a member of the House of Representatives in August last year, he ran for the Yamaguchi 3rd ward and was elected.
Inside the LDP, it is also known that Hayashi is a first-time member of the House of Representatives, so it is too early to entrust him as Foreign Minister.
Against this background, former Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera was promoted to Hama Pyeong, but Prime Minister Kishida seems to have decided to hire Hayashi in the end.
The Yomiuri Shimbun reported that there are a lot of diplomatic tasks, such as confrontation with China over sovereignty over Senkaku, North Korea’s repeated ballistic missile tests, pending issues with South Korea and Russia, and negotiations to share the cost of the US military presence in Japan. The analysis analyzed that the background of the appointment of Hayashi as foreign minister is intended to strengthen the response posture to these challenges.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Kishida has been serving as former Foreign Minister Motegi since the 4th of the vacancy since the appointment of LDP secretary-general.
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