Kishida to appoint Takaichi to key party post

The new leader of Japan's main governing Liberal Democratic Party, Kishida Fumio, has apparently decided to name Takaichi Sanae as the chairperson of the party's Policy Research Council.

Takaichi, a former internal affairs and communications minister, ran in Wednesday's LDP presidential race with support from former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo. She competed with Kishida and two other candidates. She finished third in the first round of the vote. In the runoff, many lawmakers who support her are believed to have voted for Kishida, leading to his victory over Kono Taro.

Kishida, who is virtually assured of becoming Japan's next prime minister, apparently hopes that appointing Takaichi to the key party post will help to build intra-party unity.

It is also believed that Kishida wants to use her close ties with Abe to stabilize his new government.