Japan defends appointing PM’s son as senior aide

    WORLD  05 October 2022 - 09:00

    Prime Minister Fumio Kishida appointed his son as a senior political aide, sparking speculation that the 31-year-old was being groomed as an eventual successor and prompting criticism of nepotism.

    Shotaro, the oldest of Kishida’s three sons, was named executive secretary to the prime minister, government spokesman Hirokazu Matsuno said on October 4, adding that the appointment was appropriate, Bloomberg reports.

    “Appointments are about putting the right person in the right role based on character and expertise, and I believe this one is no different,” he said at the regular press briefing. The move places Shotaro, already a member of Kishida’s staff, within a small group that follows the premier almost everywhere, including meetings with world leaders, and is involved in behind-the-scenes political negotiations. 

    Public broadcaster NHK said the older Kishida was likely preparing his son for eventual succession by exposing him to high-level policymaking, while critics said the country’s leadership was increasingly controlled by powerful dynasties. 

    “This is, essentially, preferential treatment for family,” Yuichiro Tamaki, the head of the opposition Democratic Party for the People, was quoted as saying by Kyodo News. 

    While placing family members in influential government positions isn’t rare, even among democracies, hereditary politics is particularly entrenched in Japan. Prime Minister Kishida himself hails from a long line of lawmakers in Hiroshima. His predecessor Yoshihide Suga, the son of a strawberry farmer, was the only leader of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party in the last two decades who didn’t come from a political family. 

    Kishida’s approval ratings have already been falling due to rising living costs and distrust over the LDP’s ties with the Unification Church, which has a long list of court judgments against it in Japan over its fundraising methods. 

    Before joining Kishida’s personal office, Shotaro worked at a major trading house, according to NHK. He becomes one of eight executive secretaries, including six career bureaucrats, working for Kishida. 

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