Japan to reelect Kishida as PM next Wednesday

Japan's Diet is to convene a special session next Wednesday to choose the country's next prime minister.

Prime Minister Kishida Fumio is expected to be reelected to the post, after the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's victory in the latest general election.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu announced the schedule in a meeting of representatives of the Lower House parliamentary groups on Friday.

The ruling parties proposed that the session continue for three days, through next Friday. Opposition parties agreed.

The meeting also agreed that the Lower House will choose its speaker and vice speaker at the session on Wednesday afternoon.

Matsuno also reported the schedule to an executive meeting of the Upper House steering committee.

Kishida is expected to launch his new Cabinet on Wednesday after being elected prime minister in both houses.

The ruling parties and the government aim to convene an extraordinary Diet session this year. They hope to pass a supplementary budget including economic stimulus measures for this fiscal year.