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Japan’s Kono May Get Rival’s Backing in PM Race, Report Says

  • Ishiba set to drop his own run for premiership, report says
  • Move would bolster Kono, who is top in opinion polls
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WATCH: Former Foreign Minister and current vaccine czar Taro Kono may soon get the backing of his chief rival for LDP leadership. Isabel Reynolds reports.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Former Foreign Minister Taro Kono’s expected run to succeed outgoing Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga may get a boost as one of his most popular rivals for the post plans to step aside, TV Asahi said. 

Former Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba, 64, won’t run for leader of the Liberal Democratic Party and is instead considering throwing his support behind Kono, the broadcaster reported Monday, citing sources close to Ishiba. The party elects a new leader Sept. 29 and the winner is virtually guaranteed to become the next prime minister due to the ruling coalition’s dominance in parliament.