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Japan reform chief Kono voices hope to be prime minister

Looking to Junichiro Koizumi, he pledges to stay true to his policy convictions

Taro Kono, minister for administrative reform, has drawn attention as a potential candidate for the top post. (Photo by Kento Awashima)

TOKYO -- Taro Kono, Japan's minister for administrative and regulatory reform who is regarded as a likely future candidate for prime minister, on Monday signaled that he in fact wants to seek the top job down the road.

"Someday, I want to become prime minister, spell out my own policies to the public, and realize them with the support of the people," Kono said in an online event held by outlets including TV Tokyo, in response to a question about his dreams for the future.

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