The vote, which will take place on October 31, will be Kishida’s first major test after he won the ruling party’s leadership election on September 29 and was officially named Japan’s 100th prime minister on October 4.
Local media have suggested that the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, led by Kishida, hope to use the recent nationwide drop in Covid-19 cases to gain support for the party.
Former prime minister Yoshihide Suga did not participate in his party’s leadership race after a turbulent tenure marked by declining public support as he struggled to contain the coronavirus.
Kishida is pushing for what he calls a “new capitalism”. He pledged to raise middle-class wages and implement an economic stimulus package of at least $ 290 billion to revive the world’s third-largest economy, Reuters reported.
He pledged to strengthen the government’s response to Covid-19 and said on Tuesday he would provide free vaccine boosters as early as December.
The prime minister also pledged to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific amid growing tensions with China and North Korea.