US sees new Japanese PM Kishida continuing Abe legacy, cementing close alliance

But until the general election on Oct 31, most of Mr Fumio Kishida's focus will be on securing Liberal Democratic Party seats in the Diet, says an expert. PHOTO: REUTERS
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WASHINGTON - The United States does not expect its strengthening bilateral relationship with Japan to change direction under new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

Mr Kishida was foreign minister for five years under former premier Shinzo Abe, and he has retained Mr Nobuo Kishi as defence minister and Mr Toshimitsu Motegi as foreign minister.

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