Japan's former foreign minister Kishida toughens up, shedding his meek persona

Nine-term Lower House lawmaker Fumio Kishida, who was born to a political family, being sworn in after winning his first election in 1993.
Nine-term Lower House lawmaker Fumio Kishida, who was born to a political family, being sworn in after winning his first election in 1993.PHOTO: FUMIO_KISHIDA/INSTAGRAM

TOKYO - Looking at his curriculum vitae, Mr Fumio Kishida ticks all the right boxes for becoming Japanese prime minister.

The nine-term Lower House lawmaker, who represents a district in his home turf of Hiroshima, was the longest-serving foreign minister, holding the position from 2012 to 2017.

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