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Kishida is the eighth longest-serving prime minister in post-war Japan

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida

Tokyo, April 22 (Jiji Press) – Prime Minister Fumio Kishida celebrated 932 days in office on Monday, making Ryutaro Hashimoto the eighth longest-serving prime minister in Japan since the end of World War II.

The next to be surpassed is Nobusuke Kishi, who held office for 1,241 days and ranked seventh out of 35 prime ministers in the post-war period.

To achieve this, Kishida must be re-elected in the next presidential elections of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the autumn. It is uncertain whether he will win.

“We view it as the result of the accumulation of daily efforts to tackle problems that cannot wait,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshimasa Hayashi said Friday of Kishida’s latest milestone.

“The government will continue to do its utmost to work on various domestic and international issues and achieve results one by one,” Hayashi added.

Kishida has already surpassed three of his four predecessors in his Kochikai faction, namely Masayoshi Ohira, Zenko Suzuki and Kiichi Miyazawa. The only exception is Hayato Ikeda, who held office for 1,575 days.

Ahead of the LDP elections, Kishida aims to strengthen public support for his government by completely defeating the country’s deflation, mainly through planned cuts in income taxes and housing taxes.

On Sunday he will face a litmus test for his government in midterm elections for the House of Representatives, the lower house of parliament, which will take place amid continued public criticism of the slush fund scandal among LDP factions.

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