Kishida to Appoint Amari as LDP Secretary-General


Tokyo, Sept. 30 (Jiji Press)--Fumio Kishida, new president of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, plans to appoint LDP tax chief Akira Amari as party secretary-general, sources familiar with the matter said Thursday.

Amari, who chairs the party's Research Commission on the Tax System, declared his support for Kishida early in the LDP leadership race, serving as adviser to his campaign. He is a member of the LDP faction led by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Taro Aso.

Kishida is expected to launch a new leadership team for the party on Friday and assemble a cabinet after being named prime minister on Monday. He plans to appoint former education minister Hirokazu Matsuno as chief cabinet secretary for his government.

"Now is a critical time for Japan and the LDP," Kishida told members of his faction at a meeting in Tokyo on Thursday. "We need to unite to overcome the national crisis."

Tatsuo Fukuda, a third-term member of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Diet, the country's parliament, is seen taking up the post of chairman of the LDP's General Council.

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