New LDP leader Kishida selecting party executives

The new leader of Japan's main ruling party is working to name party executives, along with the members that will make up his future Cabinet.

Kishida Fumio took the helm of the Liberal Democratic Party on Wednesday. The career politician is now virtually set to become prime minister, following Suga Yoshihide.

Kishida arrived at LDP headquarters at around 10:30 a.m. on Thursday. He spoke to reporters, saying he has so many things to do and not much time to do them in.

He says he is currently looking into many options regarding the selection of party executives and candidates to become ministers. Kishida is expected to decide on the new executives on Friday.

Amari Akira, the LDP chairperson of the Research Commission on the Tax System, is expected to assume the role of Secretary-General in the party. Education minister Hagiuda Koichi is expected to become either party executive or a key minister.

Kishida is also expressing his intention to offer a post to Regulatory Reform Minister Kono Taro, who finished second in the LDP's leadership election.