TOKYO: Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has decided to appoint former education minister Yoshimasa Hayashi as his new foreign minister, reports Reuters.
The appointment comes after the ruling Liberal Democratic Party officially named Toshimitsu Motegi, Japan's most recent top diplomat, as its new secretary-general on Thursday. Kishida plans to officially name Hayashi to the post when he launches his new Cabinet on Wednesday.
The Harvard-educated Hayashi — who speaks fluent English — is a senior member of Kishida’s LDP faction and made the move to the powerful Lower House with a win in Sunday’s poll after serving in the Diet’s upper chamber since 1995.
Observers say his appointment indicates the new prime minister's commitment to bolstering the US-Japan alliance.