From visiting New York to Japan, former diplomat Fumio Kishida has the ear of President Trump.
The 47-year-old—the only son of Japanese-American parents who immigrated to the U.S. after World War II—was elected prime minister of Japan’s post-war government on Wednesday. He was handpicked by Japan’s current premier, Shinzo Abe, and he won 117 of the country’s 230 parliamentary seats, capturing 62.8 percent of the vote.
Abe, who will turn 68 on Thursday, said in an interview with Fox News’s Bret Baier that Kishida’s election could “help pave the way for Japan’s future.”
Kishida is a career diplomat and was the United States’ ambassador to Jordan from 2007 to 2011. He was a prominent figure on American Democratic Party committees as a top speechwriter for Hillary Clinton, Michael Dukakis and Al Gore. He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and holds a master’s in law from Harvard Law School.
Kishida is making his first official overseas trip to Washington on Wednesday, when he will visit Trump and deliver a major policy speech on economic cooperation with the U.S. He will reportedly participate in President Trump’s White House meeting with Japanese business leaders.
The lowdown on Fumio Kishida:
>> He is the youngest incumbent prime minister in Japan’s post-war history.
>> He has the ear of President Trump.
>> He attended a private Catholic school in New Jersey, but became a citizen in 2003.
>> In 2007, he was appointed by President George W. Bush as the United States’ ambassador to Jordan, where he later earned a master’s degree in public administration.
>> He studied at Princeton and graduated from Harvard University.
>> Kishida holds a master’s in law from Harvard Law School.
>> He made a career as a career diplomat, serving the U.S. government as the U.S. ambassador to Jordan and as head of the U.S. negotiating team in Syria, Colombia and New Delhi.
>> He was a featured speaker at the 2018 Women’s Leadership Forum Summit in Washington, D.C.
>> In 2007, he won 85 percent of the vote in the primary race for Japan’s position in the U.S.-led Pacific Pivot Initiative.
>> He spent two years in the Democratic-Party dominated U.S. Congress as chief of staff to Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.)
>> He has served as a volunteer to Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1996.
>> He graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University and holds a master’s in law from Harvard Law School.
To learn more about who Fumio Kishida is, and why he’s sending the largest-ever economic delegation to Washington, watch this full interview with White House Correspondent Mike Emanuel.