How Fumio Kishida might steer Japan as the next Prime Minister

Mr Fumio Kishida has vowed to appoint a ministerial aide on human rights issues. PHOTO: REUTERS
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TOKYO - Mr Fumio Kishida, the man set to become Japan's 100th Prime Minister, has vowed to appoint a ministerial aide on human rights issues, rattling China.

The 64-year-old also supports beefing up Japan's coast guard, in a nod to the move by China earlier this year to allow its coast guard to use force against foreign vessels in territory that it claims. Mr Kishida is also in favour of passing a parlimentary resolution to condemn China's treatment of the Uighur minority in Xinjiang.

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