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Japan's Suga appoints Taro Kono as COVID vaccine minister

Current head of administrative, regulatory reform ministry will take on new role

Taro Kono, Japan's administrative and regulatory reform minister, will be given an additional role of overseeing vaccine distribution. (File photo by Rie Ishii) 

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told reporters Monday that a new ministerial position has been created to ensure the smooth rollout of Japan's vaccination program.

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