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TARO KONO

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida awaits the results of a no-confidence vote against his Cabinet in the country's parliament on Dec. 13.
COMMENTARY / Japan
Jan 2, 2024
Unpacking the LDP's expected leadership race
LDP politicians are already talking about a leadership change, and the polls have shifted to who the public wants to see in the prime minister’s office.
Former LDP Secretary-General and Defense Minister Secretary Shigeru Ishiba has been a top choice to replace Kishida in a number of recent media polls.
JAPAN / Politics
Jan 2, 2024
Who might succeed Fumio Kishida in 2024?
Several names have emerged as potential candidates for prime minister in the wake of a political funds scandal enveloping the LDP.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Sanae Takaichi (center) and Taro Kono attend a Lower House session in Tokyo last week.
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 29, 2023
Despite low approval ratings, Kishida likely to keep top job
While the situation around the government warrants no optimism, experts agree the prime minister has no reason to fret.
Digital minister Taro Kono speaks at an online news conference on Tuesday.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 15, 2023
Japan's digital minister to return pay over My Number issues
A series of personal information leaks and registration errors related to the ID cards have heightened public anxiety about the system.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on Aug. 4.
JAPAN
Aug 10, 2023
Kishida Cabinet approval drops to 26.6%: Jiji poll
The rate of disapproval grew 8.1 points to 47.4%, the highest since Kishida became prime minister in October 2021.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (right) sits next to digital minister Taro Kono while speaking at a government review meeting on the My Number national identification cards.
PODCAST / deep dive
Aug 10, 2023
Why is modernizing Japan so darn tough?
Reporter Gabriele Ninivaggi joins us to break down how Japan’s digitalization hiccups risk exposing how backward things are.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (left) and Digital Minister Taro Kono observe digitized administrative procedures in the city of Fukuoka on July 27.
JAPAN / Politics
Aug 8, 2023
My Number report highlights errors by insurers and local governments
Roughly 20% of surveyed local governments followed the wrong procedures when linking My Number with disability records.
Digital Minister Taro Kono discusses the My Number system inspection at a government meeting in Tokyo on June 30.
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 26, 2023
My Number woes put digital minister Taro Kono under pressure
Another misstep could deal a further blow to the administration of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and jeopardize the political standing of Kono.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Jul 12, 2023
My Number troubles are turning into a bigger headache for the government
Opinion polls have indicated latent public dissatisfaction with how the Kishida administration has been handling the matter.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jul 8, 2023
Kishida considering reshuffling Cabinet around mid-September
Kishida is apparently aiming to strengthen his administration through personnel changes at a time when his Cabinet"s approval ratings have fallen.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 3, 2023
Okinawa governor visits China in latest show of regional diplomacy
Denny Tamaki"s initiatives seek to increase Okinawa"s diplomatic leverage, with the prefecture situated on the front line of diplomatic and military tensions.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 23, 2023
Taro Kono expects 'big benefit' from use of AI by central government
The digital minister is eager to promote the active use of generative artificial intelligence by government workers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Jun 22, 2023
Kishida looks ahead amid speculation over Cabinet reshuffle and LDP leadership changes
Both moves, if made, would be aimed at boosting the prime minister"s popularity and strengthening his position within the LDP ahead of an autumn parliament session.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 8, 2023
My Number ID cards face new hurdle over bank account issues
In many cases, parents provided accounts in their own names when registering their children to the service instead of their children"s names.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 4, 2023
My Number cards found linked to accounts of family members, not card holders
The Digital Agency has warned on its website that it is not possible to register parents" bank accounts for their children to receive public benefits.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 23, 2023
My Number mistakenly linked with wrong bank accounts
There has been no actual damage from the series of mistakenly linked accounts since no payments of public benefits were made to them.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
May 16, 2023
On busy G7 agenda, generative AI still looms large
The Group of Seven leaders are set to discuss the rise of artificial intelligence applications, such as ChatGPT, and how more nations are regulating cross-border data flows.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 15, 2023
ChatGPT misidentifies digital minister pushing AI use in Japan
ChatGPT failed to correctly identify digital minister Taro Kono, even as he advocates for more use of artificial intelligence to help overcome labor shortages caused by a population decline.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
May 9, 2023
Motegi attempts to raise profile in possible challenge to Kishida
The powerful LDP Secretary-General, however, is not seen as a favorable choice for prime minister by many in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics / FOCUS
Apr 5, 2023
Could Arfiya Eri be a sign of change for the Liberal Democratic Party?
The 34-year-old Kitakyushu native has a mixed heritage and diverse political views that could help boost the ruling party and freshen up its image.

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