US ready to work with new LDP leader Kishida

A senior US administration official says President Joe Biden is looking forward to working with Kishida Fumio, the new head of Japan's main ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

Kishida on Wednesday won the LDP's leadership election. The career politician is now virtually set to become Prime Minister, following Suga Yoshihide.

In commenting on the election result, the official emphasized the importance of the US-Japan alliance, saying that "it serves as the cornerstone of peace, security, and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and across the world."

The official added that "President Biden looks forward to working with Japan's new Prime Minister" to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the years ahead.

A US State Department spokesperson said, "We look forward to continuing our work with the Government of Japan, a steadfast ally across our broad agenda of regional and global issues."

The spokesperson also expressed gratitude over Suga's efforts to strengthen and expand the alliance.

Many US media outlets reported on the LDP election result. The Washington Post said Kishida is expected to continue his predecessors' foreign policy approach including the US-Japan alliance and a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific."

The New York Times expressed the opinion that the LDP's elite power brokers chose Kishida in a runoff election for the leadership, "seeming to disregard the public's preference."