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Kono makes smooth diplomatic debut

Yomiuri wrote that Foreign Minister Kono made a smooth debut as Japan’s top diplomat, holding bilateral talks with Secretary of State Tillerson and Philippine President Duterte on the sidelines of the ASEAN-related meeting in Manila this week. The paper wrote that Kono’s good command of English will be a powerful tool. During a bilateral meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang, Kono rebutted the Chinese official’s criticism of Japan’s opposition to Chinese activities in the South China Sea. Nikkei ran a similar report.

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