- Title: File footage of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party leadership contender Taro Kono
- Date: 27th September 2021
- Summary: ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** ABE AND KONO SENDING OFF SHIP SHIP SAILING AWAY In an interview with Reuters in September 2020, Kono said he supported then-chief cabinet secretary Yoshihide Suga as the country's next leader to tackle the coronavirus crisis, but also predicted he would one day be prime minister. TOKYO, JAPAN (FILE - SEPTEMBER 3, 2020) (REUTERS) KONO SEATED FOR INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (English) THEN-JAPANESE DEFENCE MINISTER, TARO KONO, SAYING: "Well, one day I will be the prime minister."
- Embargoed: 11th October 2021 02:20
- Keywords: Japan Japanese vaccination programme chief LDP Liberal Democratic Party Taro Kono election leadership politics prime minister
- Location: TOKYO, YOKOSUKA, JAPAN / MANILA, PHILIPPINES / NAYPYITAW, MYANMAR / SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA / BEIJING, CHINA
- City: TOKYO, YOKOSUKA, JAPAN / MANILA, PHILIPPINES / NAYPYITAW, MYANMAR / SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA / BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: Japan
- Topics: Asia / Pacific,Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA00CEWHU69Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS NOTE: PROFILES OF ALL FOUR CANDIDATES:
Japan's popular coronavirus vaccination minister, Taro Kono, is one of four candidates to lead the ruling party and, by extension, become the next prime minister.
Kono was the third candidate to throw his hat in the ring for the leadership of the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), which opened up after Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he would step down earlier in September.
Kono portrayed himself as a reformer taking on Japan's stodgy bureaucracy at his news conference to announce his candidacy for the leadership election.
The country's vaccination rollout, working from home, nuclear energy and foreign policy were among other topics he discussed.
Nearly a third of respondents in a poll by major domestic media earlier this month said the Georgetown University-educated Kono, 58, was the most suitable to succeed Suga.
(Production: Rikako Maruyama, Akiko Okamoto)
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