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The following is an excerpt from the full piece published by the National Interest.
With his cabinet in place, Kishida is signaling to Japan’s allies and adversaries that there will be continuity in the country’s security and foreign policies. Despite reshuffling nearly the entirety of his cabinet, the newly elected prime minister has retained the previous government’s foreign and defense ministers. Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, the leader of the LDP’s traditionally pro-China wing, and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, a long-time supporter of Taiwan, will establish balance within the country’s foreign policy apparatus.