Japan’s vaccine minister Taro Kono emerges as front-runner to become PM, newspaper polls suggest

Former defence minister Shigeru Ishiba is considering backing vaccination minister Taro Kono in the race for the leader of Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), broadcaster TV Asahi said on Monday, without citing sources.Ishiba is popular among the LDP’s grass roots members. After Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday he would step down, Ishiba said he would be ready to take on the job “if conditions were right”.But TV Asahi on Monday said that, as he was considering backing…