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Vaccination minister Taro Kono is viewed by 48.6% of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s members as most suitable to be party leader and effectively Japan’s next prime minister, a Kyodo News poll showed Saturday.

Kono is running in the Sept. 29 LDP presidential election to pick Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s successor. He is vying with former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, Sanae Takaichi, a former minister of internal affairs and communications, and Seiko Noda, the party’s executive acting secretary-general.

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