No candidate wins a majority, triggering a runoff

Japan vaccine minister, Taro Kono, was the favourite coming into today's vote but it looks like he is in for a tough challenge with ex-foreign affairs minister, Fumio Kishida, claiming a large share of the votes as well.

With no majority (382 votes needed), a runoff is now seen between Kishida (256 votes) and Kono (255 votes). They will be facing off in a second round of votes to decide on who will take over the ruling party and become the next Japanese prime minister.