Nikai Eager to Improve Japan-China Relations in New Post

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Toshihiro Nikai

Former Liberal Democratic Party Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai was named the new chairman of the Japan-China Parliamentary Friendship Association on Wednesday, and called for improved ties between the two countries.

At a general meeting of the nonpartisan Diet group, Nikai said: “The current Japan-China relationship is not ideal. We need to reassess the situation in order to improve this important relationship and pass it on to the future generation.”

Nikai is known for his pro-China stance, and has a network of contacts comprising key Chinese officials.

“I hope to visit China at some point in the near future,” Nikai said to reporters after the meeting.

Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi chaired the association from 2017 to 2021, before he assumed the top post at the Foreign Ministry. The chairmanship has been vacant since then.