Taro Kono, left, with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Suga has said he will not stand for re-election as LDP leader. Photo: Kyodo Taro Kono, left, with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Suga has said he will not stand for re-election as LDP leader. Photo: Kyodo
Taro Kono, left, with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Suga has said he will not stand for re-election as LDP leader. Photo: Kyodo
Craig Mark
Opinion

Opinion

Craig Mark

Japan’s next prime minister? Vaccine tsar Taro Kono is in with a shot as Suga steps down

  • A battered health system, a tepid economy, a demoralised population and plummeting support. There’s no Suga-coating the last days in office of Japan’s outgoing prime minister
  • Now the race is on for his successor. Among the possibilities are ex-foreign minister Kishida and would-be first female PM Sanae Takaichi. But media-savvy Kono could be just the boost the LDP needs

Taro Kono, left, with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Suga has said he will not stand for re-election as LDP leader. Photo: Kyodo Taro Kono, left, with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Suga has said he will not stand for re-election as LDP leader. Photo: Kyodo
Taro Kono, left, with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. Suga has said he will not stand for re-election as LDP leader. Photo: Kyodo
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