This ASPI article argues that the strong Australia –Japan relationship is likely to continue under new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.


Australia and Japan are key strategic partners. Former Japanese Prime Minister Abe was committed to the relationship

Key points about his replacement Fumio Kishida are:

  • Previously Japan’s longest-serving foreign minister under Abe.
  • Member for Hiroshima and passionate about the abolition of nuclear weapons.
  • Keen to work with nations with similar values to confront China.
  • Accepts that Japan must be strong to stand up to China.
  • Defeated Sanae Takaichi for prime minister. She would have been more likely to pursue a formal alliance with Australia.
  • Likely to prove a good ‘second best’ for Australian interests.

The author notes: