- Sputnik International, 1920
World
Get the latest news from around the world, live coverage, off-beat stories, features and analysis.

Japan's Ex-Defence Minister Taro Kono Plans to Bid for Ruling Party Leadership, Reports Suggest

© REUTERS / Aaron Favila/PoolJapanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono waves at the start of the 7th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' Meeting and its dialogue partners as part of the 50th ASEAN Ministerial Meetings in Manila, Philippines August 7, 2017
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono waves at the start of the 7th East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers' Meeting and its dialogue partners as part of the 50th ASEAN Ministerial Meetings in Manila, Philippines August 7, 2017 - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.09.2021
Subscribe
International
India
TOKYO (Sputnik) - Japanese Administrative Reform Minister Taro Kono will officially present his candidacy for the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on 10 September, the Kyodo news agency reported on 9 September citing informed sources.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced late last week that he would not run for the LDP head, which means his resignation as head of government in the future. The election of a new party leader is scheduled for 29 September.
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary General Toshihiro Nikai speaks to the media at the LDP headquarters in Tokyo on September 1, 2020. - Sputnik International, 1920, 17.02.2021
Japan's Ruling Party Proposes to Invite Women to Meetings, But They Are Not Allowed to Talk - Report
So far, only former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has officially announced his campaign bid. Former Defence Minister Shigeru Ishiba is considered a likely candidate.
According to the most recent poll by Kyodo, Kono, who is also in charge of COVID-19 vaccinations, is the most popular pick to succeed Suga, as 31.9% of the Japanese are ready to vote for him. He is followed by Ishiba (26.6%) and Kishida (18.8%).
Kono served as foreign minister and then defense minister in Shinzo Abe's government.
Newsfeed
0
To participate in the discussion
log in or register
loader
Chats
Заголовок открываемого материала