Jan PM Suga supports Vaccine Minister Kono in the race for LDP leadership

Jan PM Suga supports Vaccine Minister Kono in the race for LDP leadership


Outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will endorse the popular minister in charge of Jan’s vaccination launch, Taro Kono, for the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) leadership race this month, Nippon News Network reported on Saturday.

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Outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will endorse the popular minister in charge of Jan’s vaccination launch, Taro Kono, for the Liberal Democratic Party’s (LDP) leadership race this month, Nippon News Network reported on Saturday.

The chairman of the ruling party will replace Suga as prime minister.

It does so because Suga has announced that he will not run as party leader in a vote this month.

Domestic media had previously reported that Suga would call a new election, but Suga had said he did not intend to do so.

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Suga struggled to secure support and attract high profile supporters ahead of a leadership contest and general election.

Former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has already thrown his hat in the ring, while several others have expressed an interest in participating in the race.

Kishida said Saturday he would leave a 10 percent national sales tax on if he were elected prime minister.

“I’m not thinking of touching sales tax for the time being,” Kishida told a Nippon News Network program. “Then we have to look at Jan’s finances in terms of how we can reap the benefits of economic growth.”

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