Taro Kono

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Taro Kono
河野 太郎
Taro Kono Reiwa 2 speech.jpg
Minister for Administrative Reform & Regulatory Reform
In office
16 September 2020 – 4 October 2021
Prime MinisterYoshihide Suga
Preceded byRyota Takeda
Minister of Defense
In office
11 September 2019 – 16 September 2020
Prime MinisterShinzo Abe
Preceded byTakeshi Iwaya
Succeeded byNobuo Kishi
Minister for Foreign Affairs
In office
3 August 2017 – 11 September 2019
Prime MinisterShinzo Abe
Preceded byFumio Kishida
Succeeded byToshimitsu Motegi
Chair of the National Public Safety Commission
In office
7 October 2015 – 3 August 2016
Prime MinisterShinzo Abe
Preceded byEriko Yamatani
Succeeded byJun Matsumoto
Member of the House of Representatives
Assumed office
21 October 1996
ConstituencyKanagawa's 15th district
Personal details
Born (1963-01-10) 10 January 1963 (age 60)
Hiratsuka, Kanagawa, Japan
Political partyLiberal Democratic Party
RelativesYōhei Kōno (Father)
Alma materGeorgetown University (BS)
WebsiteOfficial website

Tarō Kōno (河野 太郎, Kōno Tarō, born January 10, 1963) is a Japanese politician. He is a member of the Liberal Democratic Party. He is a member of the House of Representatives. He was Minister for Foreign Affairs in the Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cabinet from 3 August 2017 until 11 September 2019.[1]

On 3 September 2021, Kono announced his candidacy for the Liberal Democratic Party leadership in the 2021 election.[2] He lost the election to former Foreign Affairs Minister Fumio Kishida on 29 September.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Abe picks maverick as foreign minister in move to refresh Cabinet image". Mainichi Daily News. 2017-08-04. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
  2. "【速報】河野行改相 総裁選出馬の意向固める". TBS.co.jp. 3 September 2021. Archived from the original on 3 September 2021. Retrieved 3 September 2021.
  3. "Fumio Kishida to Become Japan's Next Prime Minister After Party Election Win". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 29 September 2021.