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Nearly 32% of Japanese Support Taro Kono as Future Prime Minister, Reports Say

© AP Photo / Shizuo KambayashiIn this Aug. 3, 2017 file photo, Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo
In this Aug. 3, 2017 file photo, Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo - Sputnik International, 1920, 05.09.2021
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TOKYO (Sputnik) - As many as 31.9% of the Japanese are ready to vote for Administrative Reform Minister Taro Kono at the ruling Liberal Democratic Party leadership election in autumn, the poll conducted by the Kyodo news agency showed on Sunday.
The election, which will also determine the new prime minister, is to take place on 29 September.
The poll also showed that 26.6% would vote for former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba, and 18.8% chose former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida.
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a news conference at the prime minister's office, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Tokyo, Japan August 25, 2021.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 03.09.2021
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Japanese PM Suga Reportedly Intends to Step Down, Unlikely to Run in Looming Party Elections
More than a half of the population supported the intention of incumbent Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to step down over the fall of his approval ratings caused by his response to the COVID-19 challenges.
The survey was conducted from September 4-5 by randomly dialing 1,071 eligible voters.
Only Kishida has officially announced his campaign bid so far.
Taro Kono used to serve as Japan's defence and foreign minister, and now he is in charge of the COVID-19 vaccination drive and administrative and regulatory reforms.
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