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Who will be Japan's next prime minister?, 28 Sep
[Taro]Kono, who has previously served as defense and foreign minister and has established a reputation as a blunt-speaking politician who gets things done, had the support of about 45% of the general public in a poll conducted over the weekend and, more importantly, more than 47% of party members with a vote.

Support of party members

In contrast, former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida had 22% of rank-and-file party members on his side, while 16% were backing Sanae Takaichi -- an ardent nationalist who revels in the reputation of Japan's "Iron Lady" -- and a mere 3% were supporting Seiko Noda, the party's acting secretary general.

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["high-handed" Fumio] Kishida wins Japan party vote, to become new PM, 29 Sep

Kishida is under pressure to change the party's high-handed reputation, worsened by Suga, who angered the public over his handling of the pandemic and insistence on holding the Summer Olympics in Tokyo despite surging infections.
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by Cat on Wed Sep 29th, 2021 at 01:34:29 PM EST
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