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Japan's new top diplomat faces struggle defining himself

Famous father's reputation a mixed blessing for Taro Kono

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Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono, left, with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japan's new foreign minister held his own this week in talks with Asian and Western counterparts, thanks both to his energy for the job and confidence as a speaker. But it remains to be seen whether his father's formidable diplomatic legacy and a strong set of personal principles help or hinder Taro Kono as he works toward a diplomatic style of his own.

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