The people whom Prime Minister Kishida Fumio met in his first month in office reflected the impact of the Lower House election. Nikkei compiled data on whom the prime minister met and the number of visits he made from Oct. 4 to Oct. 31 based on its “Prime Minister’s schedule” column.
The person Kishida met most over the past month was Endo Toshiaki, who chairs the committee on election strategy in the Liberal Democratic Party. He met with Endo 16 times and there were days when he had multiple meetings with the party’s election chief.
LDP Secretary-General Amari Akira came in second on the list of people Kishida met, at 15 times. Vice-President Aso Taro came in fourth, with seven meetings. The tally suggested that the premier spent much time meeting with senior party executives in his first month in office.
In third place was Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Kihara Seiji, a long-time ally of Kishida, at eight times, compared with Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno Hirokazu, whom Kishida met with four times. Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu came in fifth at six times. (Abridged)