Kishida to name Fukuda Tatsuo for key party post

The new leader of Japan's main ruling Liberal Democratic Party, Kishida Fumio, plans to appoint 54-year-old Fukuda Tatsuo as the party's General Council Chairperson.

Fukuda leads a group of LDP lawmakers who have served up to three terms in the Lower House. He has been elected three times himself.

Fukuda has urged the party leadership to carry out reforms, including appointments that are not based on the number of times someone has been elected.

Kishida is apparently showing his commitment to reforming the party by picking Fukuda as an executive. Fukuda belongs to the largest LDP faction.