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Japan election

Taro Kono: Straight-talking social media star is actually a blue blood

Japan’s English-speaking problem fixer is front-runner for top job

Taro Kono has held a range of high-profile posts over the years, from foreign minister to minister in charge of Japan's COVID-19 vaccination drive.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's social media-savvy vaccination minister, Taro Kono, believes the time is ripe for him to make a run for the nation's top political job.

The 58-year-old lawmaker on Friday threw his hat into the ring for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's presidential election, aiming to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. The third LDP member to join the race, Kono is already considered the front-runner. 

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