Japan’s minister in charge of fighting COVID-19 and a top choice of voters for Japanese prime minister, may also pick up the backing of a popular ruling party heavyweight in the race for party leader, broadcaster TV Asahi said on Monday.
According to the survey by the Yomiuri Shimbun daily published on Monday, 23% of respondents said Kono, the minister in charge of vaccines, was the most suitable person to take over – echoing a Sunday poll that had 31.9% favouring Kono.
Kono held a narrow edge over former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba, with 21%. Former foreign minister Fumio Kishida, who has already formally announced his candidacy, trailed with 12%.
A former foreign and defence minister, the 58-year-old Kono, educated at Georgetown University and a fluent English speaker, has built a popular after among young voters with an active social media presence in two languages and 2.3 million followers on his Japanese page alone.
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Socialite and dancer Zodwa Wabantu has joined the growing list of celebrities who have had their social media accounts hacked, but the star seems in good spirits since the ordeal.
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